Posted by: sean | May 16, 2011

Dead where it doesn’t count

Protesters climbing back up the summit from the border

Yesterday, I spent the day at Maroun al-Ras on the Lebanese border with Israel. Before I get to some of the reactions I’ve read about the event and some of the questions raised by it, I’d like to discuss the event itself.

Yesterday, Palestinians around the world commemorated the Nakba, which is the catastrophe of the dispossession of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians upon the creation of Israel. I left from the Mar Elias camp in Beirut in a bus that had been rented by a young Palestinian activist who teaches physical education in a Palestinian camp. The passengers were Palestinians with a mixture of Lebanese, Bahraini and European companions. Everyone pitched in for the bus, and despite some organizational troubles, we set off on Sunday morning for the border.

Climbing up to Maroun al-Ras from Bint Jbeil

When we arrived, a bit late due to our late start, the roads had been closed, so we, along with all of the buses arriving with ours, had to stop at Bint Jbeil. We got out and walked up several kilometers of hills to get to Maroun al-Ras. There was a steady stream of people, mostly Palestinian, retracing in reverse the route that Palestinians had taken in 1948. There were old men and women, young children and whole families helping each other up the slippery slope to the peak of the hill through thorns and weeds, beating a path up to the border. At one point, I slowed down to help an old man who, with his family, had been forced to leave  his village in Galilee when he was 12 years old.  He was an old man now, helping his elderly wife climb upwards to steal a glimpse of their lost home.

At some places, old women would sit to rest before getting back up and resuming the journey. According to my map of Lebanon, the mostly uphill walk was about 6 or 7 kilometers to the summit overlooking the valley border. When we arrived at the top, the first thing we saw was a young man, probably about 16 or 17 years old, being rushed out on a stretcher. He wasn’t moving, and it seems that he was among the 10 killed yesterday.

Climbing up to Maroun al-Ras

At Maroun al-Ras, there is a summit overlooking a valley where the border lies. The Lebanese Army had set up a line to try to stop protesters from going all the way to the border fence, but many had slipped through and continued to do so bit by bit, forming two separate masses of people with the majority of the protesters looking on from the summit or settling in somewhere on the descent’s rocks and grass. At the crowded summit decorated with ubiquitous Palestinian flags, there were chairs, food stands, an ice cream truck and even a section for lost children. All in all, the top looked like a lively state fair with a political message: the people want to return to Palestine. This message, mirroring the chants in Tahrir Square and Tunis and translated into Hebrew as well, was printed on a giant banner at the top of the summit facing the border.

At the top of Maroun al-Ras

When we arrived, the youths, or shabaab, had already made it to the fence. Some were waving Palestinian flags, while others were throwing rocks over the fence. It should be noted here that the other side of the fence was empty except for a line of trees behind which the Israeli soldiers were stationed. The youths chanted their slogans, waved their flags and threw their stones. In response, the Israeli soldiers would periodically open fire. At no point were  the Lebanese youth on the Israeli side of the fence. It’s unclear to me what kind of ammunition the Israelis were firing, but the high death toll (reported at ten so far) leads me to believe that at least some of it was live ammunition, although rubber bullets have also been known to be fatal.

In the end, more Lebanese soldiers were called in, and by firing in the air managed to push the crowd back from the fence. On the long walk back, we saw the same mixture of families, elderly folks and groups of teenagers coming back, only this time, some of the teenage boys had blood on their clothes from helping others who’d been wounded or killed by Israeli fire.

In a nutshell, protesters amassed at the border armed with flags, slogans and rocks from the ground, and Israel responded by opening fire and killing nearly a dozen youths.

When I finally returned home to Beirut last night after a night ride along the border by the Gates of Fatima and the old crusader castle, Beaufort, I was disappointed to see the news that others had died in Syria and Gaza during similar protests. I was also really disappointed in the responses that I saw on twitter and online from American commentators.

One post that really rankled me was from my friend Andrew Exum:

The Lebanese, Palestinian, Syrian, Palestinians and Israeli peoples are all getting played right now. If you’re a Palestinian marking the Nakba on the border with Israel right now, that’s all fine and well, but you should be aware of those actors for whom this distraction is most welcome and who have every interest in using the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and your own suffering for their own cynical purposes right now.

This sentiment has also been voiced by the Israeli government, which has claimed that this has all been drummed up by Iran and Syria in order to move attention away from Syria’s brutal crackdown of domestic protests. There is no concrete evidence for this, of course, except what Andrew calls the one rule he follows for Levantine politics: “just be cynical about the motives and actions of everyone, and you will never go wrong.”

Without even getting into the fact that Levantine politicians hardly have a monopoly on cynical motives, this strikes me as more than a little hypocritical. That Arab states have capitalized on the Palestinian issue for domestic point-scoring is a truism, but that doesn’t make the issue any less salient for Arabs across the region, and to imply that such non-violent protests are just tools for Damascus, as opposed to genuine reflections of public feeling, is problematic for several reasons. Likewise, for the idea that protesters are “getting played.”

The valley and border

First, it mirrors the sclerotic official discourse seen in Cairo, Tunis, Damascus, Sana’a and Tripoli during the Arab Spring: “these protesters are either foreign provocateurs or are just being naively used by America and Israel to undermine Arab governments and take attention away from the occupations of Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan.” This, of course, is roundly and immediately dismissed as “conspiracy theory” by Western analysts, despite (for example) clear evidence that the US has been funding Syrian opposition groups. Does Andrew think this means that the Syrian protesters, whose brutal killings the Nakba protests were meant to distract media attention from, are just stooges of the CIA and US State Department? Of course not, but this is the exact same logic at play, ironically being voiced simultaneously by Damascus and Tel Aviv.

Second, while Damascus, Hamas, Hezbollah, etc. may be happy to see such a successful turnout this year, they were far from the prime movers in the Lebanese protest. (I don’t know what happened at other protests, so I’ll limit my comments to the protest at Maroun al-Ras.) Every year, Hezbollah sponsors a protest at the border on Nakba Day, and maybe a thousand people show up to wave flags, chant some slogans and then leave.

This year was different. Hezbollah still supported the event, offering emergency paramedics, setting up a water buffalo and lawn chairs and even giving arriving buses boxes of snacks and juice boxes. But the independent actors, like the Palestinian activist who organized our bus, played a much larger role. An independent artists’ collective made up posters (much like they had done back in November last year, way before anyone thought there’d be protests in Syria, for  a meeting of the Right of Return Coalition). Sparked on by the Arab Spring, Palestinian NGOs and collectives helped spread the word and organize the event. From what I can tell, political parties (Fatah, Hamas and Hezbollah) played a much smaller role than did grassroots associations from Palestinian and Lebanese civil society. One marker of this was the lack of political flags. With a couple of exceptions, the only flag being waved was the Palestinian one.

And finally, even if the event had been completely engineered by political parties, what would that prove? Isn’t the problem with these parties in the west that they are involved in armed resistance instead of non-violent protest?

Next comes Andrew’s defense of Israeli actions:

What were they supposed to do in the face of a breach of the border? And what did the protesters think would happen? (I know what Syria and some particularly cynical actors in Gaza and Lebanon probably hoped would happen: exactly what did happen.) But you can’t really fault a military for protecting the territorial integrity of its state by force.

I can honestly say that I didn’t hear anyone hoping that people would be hurt or killed. What I saw was families worried for their young sons and brothers but proud of their courage to stand unarmed against the most powerful military in the region to proclaim their right of return. Otherwise, this very same question (“what did they think would happen?”) could have been asked to young blacks lining up to not be served in Greensboro diners or that little girl going to the desegregated school in Little Rock. What did they expect would happen after such a provocation?

As for the protection of “territorial integrity,” there were no breaches of the border in Maroun al-Ras. There were kids throwing rocks over a fence at a tree line. This was a symbolic act, one born of  a lifetime of dispossession and frustration. If shooting these kids dead is the appropriate act, then I suppose Edward Said should have also been shot dead back in 2000. Had the Israeli soldiers done nothing, the protesters would have likely chanted slogans, waved flags, tossed rocks and then gone home.

This brings me to a twitter conversation with a friendly online acquaintance, Blake Hounshell, who was discussing the violence of stone throwing and suggested that Palestinians ought to “read Gandhi” to get a better reception in the US.

First of all, there is the embarrassing fact that Palestinian non-violent resistance not only exists, but is commonplace. Every Friday for years now, non-violent protesters have organized protests against the Israeli separation wall that was deemed illegal by the Israeli Supreme Court. Has that helped their standing in the US? Several protesters have been killed by the IDF, and the Bil’in organizer, Abdallah Abu Rahmah, was thrown in prison. While I’m sure Blake has heard of Abu Rahmah, how many American pundits who’d like to lecture on Palestinians on non-violence have?

And does non-violence make much of a difference when it comes to American public opinion, or more importantly, official policy making? What happened when a US citizen and 8 Turks were executed on board the  Gaza flotilla? A letter was sent by 87 US Senators supporting Israel’s “right to self-defense.” Violent or non-violent resistance, in the US, the game is clearly rigged when it comes to Israel and Palestine.

Finally, yesterday’s actions (and I include all of the protests here) were a far cry from the armed rebellion in Libya, which the US is currently supporting diplomatically and through military force. The protests were also a far cry from the events in Suez, when Egyptian protesters confronted the security forces, burning vehicles and generally fighting back. My point here is not to condemn the Libyans or Egyptians (whose revolutions I support, along with those in Tunisia, Yemen, Bahrain and Syria), but to point out the double standard being applied. So armed resistance is acceptable in Benghazi and Misurata, but throwing rocks at Maroun al-Ras (or the West Bank) is somehow beyond the pale?

The fact of the matter is that all the hand wringing that’s going on about the shooting of unarmed Palestinian protesters would look a lot different had those protests been in Tripoli, Aleppo or Cairo, or had they been shot by anyone other than the IDF (the most moral military in the world, I’m told). But instead, like a ghetto murder in the Wire, these Palestinians are dead where it doesn’t count.

UPDATE: My friend George has much better pictures than I took. Check them out here.

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Responses

  1. Great piece.

  2. So, it sounds pretty clear that you weren’t actually there when that guy was hurt. You don’t know what involvment the Lebanese Army had in the shooting, or what this person was doing when he was shot. The Israeli side is claiming that the LAF fired live rounds and that demonstrators attempted to breach the fence (not a far-fetched accusation as that very thing happened on the Syrian border). All you know is that Israel is evil, and therefore, regardless of any potential PR backlash, they’ll shoot because that’s what they do. They love it! No mention of the fact that Syrians did actually breech the border and definitely (since it’s an Israel-free story) no mention of Syrian refugees being shot for trying to get to Lebanon or being kicked out of Lebanon. The fact, however, that you don’t recognize a difference between this and Tahrir and Tunis, is nothing short of ignorant. One is a case of people resisting their own despotic government, while the other is an angry mob trying to breech a border fence from an enemy state. Obviously civil disobedience is far different than an incident across enemy state lines. The difference is a pretty big one.
    Finally, the fact that the Arab world, and that now includes you, chooses to continue to teach their children hatred and “disposession”, is not only a form of child abuse, but an insistence on conflict. My father was born in Iraq and kicked out. I am not disposessed as a result. It is a uniquely Arab trait to keep refugees in a state of disposession ad infinitum. Even the Europeans have granted that Greek Cypriots would likely never return to their homes but rather have to settle for compensation. If, however, you insist on one side of a conflict committing national suicide as a prescription for peace, then you must be aware that you are not choosing peace at all, and I’m sure that your children will be taught the same hatred and lack from a very young age, while the children of the many more Jewish refugees are never for a moment taught to miss or reclaim these lands and riches they have never seen. A more humane option – the only human option – if Palestinians truly care about their children’s futures, would be to move on rather than breed the conflict from one generation to the next, in children that have never even been to Israel.
    Finally, it’s a relatively convenient trope to refer to the disposession as being the essence of the Nakba, but the term actually refers to Israel’s very creation, which, had it not been violently reacted to, would have resulted in no refugees at all. Either way, the Arabs are the ones who made the choices resulting in a refugee class. The real catastrophe is that a people who had never had a country of their own (and had never really been a people, for that matter) refused and have continued to refuse that very thing which they claim as their goal. Because we know what they really want, don’t we?

  3. Oh, the humanity!:
    “Many residents of the Druze village said they were pleasantly surprised by the IDF’s ability to maintain restraint in the face of violence directed against soldiers Sunday.
    “Though the soldiers were pelted by stones from both sides at once, and despite there being a number of injuries among them, I heard a commander ordering them to refrain from firing at protesters at all costs,” Ali, a Majdal Shams resident, told Ynet after witnessing the events.
    He added that the soldiers fired into the air at first and then, only when the rioters began closing in on all sides, did they begin to fire at their feet. “The restraint shown by the IDF today brought peace this evening. It could have ended very differently,” he said.
    Suleiman, who owns a candy store in the village, also claimed the army behaved wisely. “The IDF was very smart in not making things worse and being tolerant,” he said. Suleiman says he closed up shop to witness the events on the border live. “I saw just ten soldiers and thousands of protesters,” he recalled. ”
    But I’m sure that for some reason there was a far more bloodthirsty approach at the Lebanese border, right? Maybe just to change things up?

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  8. You really can’t see the difference between armed resistance against a dictator and the grandchildren of refugees claiming the right to ‘return’ to a country they have never been to? It’s really confusing when the Palestinian flag is used in marches that desire a return to a state with a totally different flag. So would these ‘refugees’ pledge allegiance to the Star of David flag?

    It’s interesting how selective the ‘Right of Return’ and One-State crowd can be in their application of U.N. statutes. They gladly support the U.N.’s racist stance on Palestinian refugees–for every other people in the world, refugee status and aid is granted solely to refugees and not their offspring and their offspring’s offspring–but ignore the two-state framework that the U.N. has worked on for the last 60 years.

    And if this is really about the human toll, and just making sure kids don’t get hurt and old people can live in peace, how can you with a straight face support millions of Palestinians returning to Israel? They’ve shed enough of each other’s blood, and the opinion polls show that BOTH sides want to live in separation. Perhaps bi-national fantasies should be tried between peoples who have a less ferocious history and present first.

    A more realistic option would be a Jordanian-West Bank merger (that, at least, would be a state with borders that had a precedent), and would be a state with the room to settle the Palestinian diaspora. The Bedouins lose Jordan, but hey they have the Arabian peninsula.

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  12. yesterday, one of my (most respectful, always on time) students arrived late to class, I was asking why in a probing manner, when he said he was at a hospital removing a piece of bullet shell from his hip. that left me wordless…
    I really can not make sense of this event and these cheap killings that happened for no reason and will be soon forgotten.

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  14. Nate,

    “Obviously civil disobedience is far different than an incident across enemy state lines. The difference is a pretty big one”
    1- What happened in Syria was people crossing to an occupied region (the Golan is Syria) and they were received by Syrian people under the Israeli occupation. In Lebanon they didn’t cross the borders.
    2- The incident of what you are talking about was a peaceful demonstration that was trying similar to the Berlin wall to bring down a border constructed by against the will of the populations here and built on the dispossession of millions. Again, we don’t even know what Israeli borders are and that is because you’re an occupying force and with the settlements, you’re in perpetual expansion.

    Regarding the Arabs not forgetting the refugee issue: If the jews didn’t forget for 3 thousand years and any jewish on the face of the globe who hasn’t even been to Palestine can claim a land that is not his as his “birth right” so can the Arabs. In this sense, you have set the precedent. If a jewish person from USA or Austria can go to a settlement in the west bank because it’s his birthright, surely the sons and grandchildren of Palestinian refugees can claim they want to go back. What we should be arguing about is the bizzare nature of Israeli state as an ethnocracy. You demand different rules when it comes to the Arabs. That is unreasonable.

    Also, what you fail to explain is why should the Arabs forget or how can they forget if Israel is still indulging in an occupation, settlement and confiscation of lands against international law. Should we also mention Gaza strip. Hence, the biligirant Israeli attitude and its subsequent protection by the USA demands from the International community (meaning world citizens) actions against a rogue state (very similar to the state of apartheid south africa). In fact, it’s our responsibility.

    Regarding the humanity; how is Israel different than other Arab despots while dealing with non-violent demonstrations? It’s even worse, because these demonstrations are occuring in occupied lands- hence you’re breaching international law and interanational humanitarian law.

    While I might be pragmatic to settle for the 67 borders, Israel has not decided yet what it wants to do. For us on this side of the fence, Israel seems to say: It’s gonna be an endless occupation and confiscation of lands, endless bombardment and use of force, and if you don’t like it bring it on! Which means Israel does not propose a second best solution that the Arabs can settle for. That is why we cannot have peace. The Oslo agreements started in 1993 and still no solution in the horizon. There is no other solution but to face Israel, that is the path of resistance we have to take. It would cost us a lot, but if we respect ourselves and our liberty. We have to rise.

  15. How was the border between Lebanon and Israel built against the will of the population? This is an internationally recognized border. And while it’s easy to play on the trope of endless expansion, no new settlements have been built in decades and the boundaries of the existing ones have not budged an inch. If, however, you believe that the people in Berlin wanted to destroy the other side, then you are right… but you are not. The reason, if you are actually aware of history, that we don’t know what Israel’s borders are, is because of a lack of a peace treaty. When Israel won the West Bank in a THIRD defensive war from Jordan, it was legally allowed to preside over that land until a peace with Jordan was reached. That peace was reached, and guess what, Jordan didn’t want it. Nothing in internatinal law, however, makes all of that land suddenly “Palestinian”. In fact the PLOs own founding charter specifically stated that they did NOT want the West Bank or Gaza – further proof that eliminating the Jews was all that actually mattered. Gaza has already been evacuated (that’s the opposite of expansion, right?), and the Golan is under Israeli control for the same reason as the West Bank, only with no legitimate peace partner to discuss evacuating to. As for the Jewish “birth right”, this isn’t a matter of international law, but rather a national law. Israel, as a sovereign country, has the right to write any immigration laws it chooses. While Israel’s return was to a place that was not already any existing state, the Arabs are and always have aimed to replace an existing state and as such there is a massive difference. Once living in Israel, however, the rules are actually the same. Arabs have more rights in Israel than in any Arab country, and when polled, those living in East Jerusalem have stated that they would wish to remain a part of Israel, even moving further into Israel to maintain their citizenship. So clearly, whatever “different rules” you think they are living under, are still far better than anything other Arabs could offer them. Just like the trope of “settlement expansion” you use “apartheid” which I have yet to see you connect to Israel in any way. Israel is administering disputed territories that have never belonged to a sovereign Palestinian state. However, the political rights afforded to Israeli Arabs mean that the laws are not racial in nature and therefore the apartheid analogy falls apart. It is simply a matter of genocidal Arabs using the language of human rights to obtain their goal of destroying a state (which was always more important than creating one of their own).
    What else, in your little tirade? I’ve already addressed that the Lebanon border is not occupied land, so the actions on that border are nothing like the despots. Of course you choose to believe that no one tried to breach the fence or that no Lebanese soldiers fired shots, but that’s simply because you don’t think of Israelis as human beings that act in any rational way, which I think is the same thing as bigotry.
    Finally, I would love to see anybody on your side who has been as “pragmatic” as yourself. Forgetting for the moment that there is no such thing as 67 border (look it up), and that Israel needs a few more security guarantees beyond those lines after the genocidal assaults that began even before 47, what about this so-called “right of return” that you know would destroy Israel? Has anyone given that up? Or are you just asking for two Palestinian states; one with some Jews and one without. What Israel has been saying for two years straight, is sit down and negotiate. Offers were made in 2000 and 2008 (these weren’t second best solutions, but actually best solutions since they would imply humanity and coexistence), and both times the Palestinians have said “no” because Israel would go on existing. You cannot, with any honesty, however, say that Israel has made no gestures for peace and has not been willing to sit and negotiate. This is simply a blind view. And you also cannot, with any honesty, say that “bombardment” was not a reaction to some 10,000 rockets and mortars launched at civilians in keeping with the trend of Arab violence that far preceded Israel’s creation, including the second intafada which also came after Oslo (did we forget about that one?). I think it’s adorable that you say “we have to rise” as though that hasn’t been the Palestinian strategy from day one. As though peace and negotiations were ever given a real chance. As though your people have been prepared to make concessions and accept the humanity of the other side rather than being incited to hate Israelis and Jews alike. You’ve been rising. Behaving like brutal animals (clearly not all of you) who care more about violence, destruction, and supremacy in the name of “honor” than your own futures. It’s actually time you stopped rising. Instead of rising, sit. Negotiate. Make concessions as you ask that we do, and – if all you want is your own state – learn to say yes without waiting for your enemy to commit suicide. You’d be doing yourselves a favor.

  16. Nate – do yourself a favor and go pray to God for guidance.

    You certainly need it. Those of us are interested in peace and justice don’t need your sadly uninformed and insulting commentary….

  17. I’m actually not very religious, so I probably won’t pray to God for guidance. And while I’m not sure what I said that was actually insulting, your response also doesn’t show counter any of the facts that I’ve laid out. And it also seems that I’m the only one who’s willing to accept a solution that entails two states for two peoples, which is the only hope for peace.

  18. Unfortunately, Nate, you offer very little facts at all.

    The only solution is for Israel to vacate occupied territory as per the international community and international law.

    The fact is that Israel refuses to do so.

    But the real problem isn’t that specifically.

    It is Zionism. And as long as Zionism remains the dominant ideology amongst world Jewry, will be as long as war death and destruction remain in the Middle East and continue on to the world.

    You may not be a religious but you are an acylote for Israel. And most of the easily dismissed propaganda that you try to offer as fact, is based in the religious extremism that pervades the Zionist enterprise.

    And you are obviously, and most unfortunately, a Zionist…..

  19. Still not countering anything I’ve said. I’m speaking in historic fact, but the parts that you consider to be false propaganda, you are welcome to point out. Nothing I’ve said is religious in nature, so I don’t see how anything I’ve said can be “religious extremism”. As far as ending the “occupation”, no one who knows the history of Arab rejectionism and violence toward Israel honestly excpects Israel to do so in the absence of security guarantees (unless you’re unaware of what happened after Israel vacated Gaza and Southern Lebanon).I’m not sure what you think Zionism is, but it is simply the belief that the Jewish people have a right to self-determination (as I’m assuming you believe the Palestinians do) in the Land of Israel (not necessarily all of it). If you truly believe in peace and a two-state solution, I’m hard-pressed to see how Zionism stands in the way of that, rather than being one essential element of that. So, again, I welcome you to counter the facts, since thus far you have merely brushed them aside out of convenience.

  20. There’s nothing to counter. You’re a hasbara merchant.

    A liar for Israel.

  21. “I’m speaking in historic fact..”

    Well that was funny, at least….

  22. Wow, not a single argument countered. Very impressive Steven. I must be wrong because you know the word hasbara. I would love some examples, but you’re clearly unable to find any. Thanks for joining this little discussion without offering any new light, but insulting me while claiming that I’m the one doing the insulting.

  23. “(Zionism)it is simply the belief that the Jewish people have a right to self-determination”.

    That’s all it is – ‘just the innocent self-determination of a persecuted people to be truly free’.

    That truly is the height of ‘chutzpah’ to claim that after over a 100 years of terrorism, ethnic cleansing; the corruption of western politics, the slow genocide of the Palestinians the theft of land from Syria, Lebanon(another 20 odd year occupation only ended with the creation of Hezbollah; Israel only understands the language of force)Egypt and Palestine; clandestine nuclear weapons programs – again with the aid of materials stolen and officials paid off by American and European citizens whose allegiance lies only to a fascist enclave in the ME.

    But being an extremist, you aren’t particularly prone to self-reflection are you?

  24. Spreading pathetic lies in an attempt to absolve Israel from serious crimes against humanity is very insulting. And how typically predictable – not but a day after the IDF murdered over 20 unarmed protesters.

    You’re not fooling anybody, Nate…

  25. Oh, I see. You’re not a rational human being, but just an anti-semite that thinks that the Jews are orchestrating all world events in their favor. I suppose you don’t know about Arab terrorism such as the Hebron Massacre, the intifadas, the rocket and mortar attacks. Do ascribe these to Islam as you ascribe Israeli offences to Zionism? I’m guessing not. Then there’s ethnic cleansing and slow genocide, again great catch phrases. The Arabs in Israel make up a 20% of the population (hardly cleansed by any measure) and the population of Palestinians has quadrupled since 1967 (hardly a genocide by any measure). In fact more Palestinians died by Jordanian hands in Black September than have died through the duration of the conflict by Israeli hands. Also the Palestinian access to healthcare and education have resulted in their life expectancy shooting up over 30 years since ’67 – yet another testament to how wonderfully Palestinians are treated by their Arab brothers. I suppose Israel is trying to kill them of old age? Genocide is a serious thing, Steve. It’s a real thing. It happened in the Holocaust, and in Armenia and in Darfur and to use it as an emotional touchstone when all of the facts run contrary to the accusation, is nothing short of despicable and an insult to all those innocent victims (who, btw, were not at the time seeking the destruction of their killers). So yes, you have emotive catch phrases, but can you actually deny these facts? As far as theft of land, you again seem ignorant to the undeniable facts that Israel took that land only after repeatedly have their civilians attacked from it. Tell me when I’m wrong. And in each case had no side to negotiate a return the land to as part of a peace deal. You are aware also, I’m sure, that Hezbollah was not founded in 2000, right? And that the second the got the land back they started attacking Israel from it again? As far as a nuclear program, since Israel has been attacked from day one but has never threatened the destruction of any neighbors, as I’m sure you know the neighbors have not reciprocated, you’d be hard pressed to consider a deterent capability to be somehow contrary to the belief in the Jewish state’s right to exist. Israel accepted the 1947 partition, and has offered land back in ’00 and ’08 having already evacuated the Sinai and Gaza (hardly the MO of an expansionist). Chutzpah, again, is very impressive, but you seem to have very little context backing up your assertions. Zionists are the ones who get to define what Zionism is, just as the believers of any “ism” do. If you want to ascribe other nefarious Elder of Zion goals beyond that, that’s fine, but you have no place in redefining the word. BTW, where in your little diatribe that at no point mentions Arab violence, would you say you are showing self-reflection. Calling me a liar and an extremist and an acolyte must be very cathartic, but it doesn’t really stand up to an argument based in history, and I’m still waiting for you to deny any point of history that I’ve mentioned.

  26. Out of curiosity, Steve the anti-Semite, would you say that Palestinian Nationalism is an ideology that inherently includes suicide bombings, rejectionism, slitting baby’s throats and financial corruption? Because it seems that everything you don’t like about Israel is inherently part of Zionism for some reason, while I’m assuming most nationalist movements are spared the same vile treatment. Then again, as your new name suggest, this isn’t too surprising.

  27. lol – now I’m an anti-semite.

    How predictable was that.

    Whatever Nate….

  28. Your writing is wonderful, btw.

    It certainly demonstrates what Zionism is all about.

    Thanks for that…..

  29. I’m truly sorry, Steve the anti-semite. Proposing that the majority of the world’s Jews subscribe to an ideology of genocide and theft and promoting through backroom deals where they control the purse strings, is by no means an anti-semitic assertion. My bad. Still haven’t actually countered a historical point, Steve the anti-semite. I’m gonna assume name-calling is all you’ve got. At least my nick-name for you can be clearly back up by your own words.

  30. You might notice I’ve never called anyone else on here an anti-semite, which means it’s not a ploy nor is it “predictable”. You simply fit the mold by your own words, unabashedly.

  31. “Proposing that the majority of the world’s Jews subscribe to an ideology of genocide and theft and promoting through backroom deals where they control the purse strings, is by no means an anti-semitic assertion. ”

    Why is that an anti-semitic assertion? Though I didn’t say majority of Jews support that ideology, it remains a fact that a great number of Jews do support Israel and it’s agenda. It is also a fact that a great number of Jews use their considerable financial advantages to benefit Israel and it’s agenda. Or use their considerable financial advantages to attack those who disagree with the Israeli agenda.

    Or will you claim that it is because ‘known’ anti-semites have claimed as much? In other words the old ‘guilt by extremely vague association’ smear?

    I don’t so anti-semitism. I have no irrational hatred for Jews. I do have considerable concern as a western citizen for the actions of many Zionist associations – many of which are Jewish, but not all.

    Does one necessarily hate Germans if one hates Nazis? I personally don’t think so.

    But I do believe the facts say this: ‘Nazism’ is to Germans , what ‘Zionism’ is to world Jewry.

    Are Jews not overrepresented(overall percentage of the population compared to percentage occupying positions in Western politics, media affairs, and banking – positions of enormous power, undoubtedly)? Pointing to this fact cannot be anti-semitic. There in nothing irrational about being concerned about having a religious/self-identifiable ethnic group dominant in these areas. Particularly one that indentifies so strongly with a foreign nation.

    But go on, hasabarbot – tell me why it is..

  32. “You might notice I’ve never called anyone else on here an anti-semite, which means it’s not a ploy nor is it “predictable”.”

    Is that what it means? Really?

    Zionism doesn’t cry ‘anti-semitism’ when it can’t morally and even logically justify it’s agenda?

    VERY predictable, Nate.

  33. “Zionism remains the dominant ideology amongst world Jewry”. And on what basis to you suggest that most Jews support this agenda? My defintion perhaps, but on what basis can you say that Jews support your defintion of what zionism is? Since it’s not based on fact there must be some bias against Jews, no? And I can’t even begin to understand what your SAT analogy of Nazism:Germans and Zionism:Jews means. I guess it makes sense as an analogy since they’re both nationalist movements. But Nazi were admittedly Aryan supremacists with a genocidal goal. Zionist, again, not-so-much. Pointing to the fact that Jews are overrepresented is certainly not antisemetic (it’s actually a point of pride since they had to overcome anti-semites such as yourself in the ascent). But to suggest that this implies some kind of puppetmastering conspiracy whereby Jews the world over wield this power with a common goal – that being genocide – is unfortunately almost the definition. As is your “concern” about Jewish power, as though their success must be limited by some kind of quota, or as though they work as one unified body for nefarious means without individual goals and thoughts. And because you have no proof of any of these things, it also falls under the heading of irrational.Yes, Steve, this is anti-semitism. Maybe not be the standards of the Arab world, but certainly by the standards of Western civilization. In fact, you keep adding more and more statements that simply cement this fact. I’m starting to like Steve the anti-semite. It’s got a certain ring to it. Still waiting for you to counter some facts, my love, but as an anti-semite, I can understand why encountering them may be a little uncomfortable. By the way, where are your concerns as a concerned western citizen for the actual ethnic cleansing that occured to the Jews from Arab countries. While Arabs are still a growing sizable chunk of Israel, you find almost Jews and a diminishing number of Christians (Israel is actually the only mideastern country where the Christian population is growing). Is that an element of Arab nationalism then? Add that to the anti-semitism rampant in the Arab media as well as despots killing their own people with no claim to self-defence as the Israelis have, as well as their insistence on keeping Palestinians living in squalor, I would think your Western sensibilities would be a little harder on the Arab world. Unless you can refute any of these facts as well. You’re growing quite a list of my myths to debunk, aren’t you?

  34. I’ll repeat by the way that this isn’t my thing. Calling people anti-semites simply for disagreeing with Israeli policy is cheap and wrong and I simply don’t engage in it. You, however, are slowly building yourself into the epitome – the very definition. Did I mention the anti-semetic trope of dual loyalty? You threw that one in too. Really great stuff!

  35. And where’s my buddy Sean in all of this? You’re always a defender of human rights and justice. Do you disagree that this is anti-semitism? Is this where you stay silent as you on so many offences not commited by Israel? Where’s the post on defectors and refugees from Syria being thrown out by Lebanon, BTW? Or the continuing Syrian massacre? No? Nothing? Cool. Keep it real!

  36. Oh and more deaths among the Copts too. That’s in the Levant, right?

  37. Nate,

    I will give you the cortecy of a last response, although you do not deserve the time I spend on these words. You want to fight and you want to call people names.

    “that no Lebanese soldiers fired shots, but that’s simply because you don’t think of Israelis as human beings that act in any rational way, which I think is the same thing as bigotry.”
    That’s such a strawman argument. So basically you have concluded that I don’t think of Israelis as human beings and that was the same thing as bigotry! Wow. In fact, I don’t have some irrational hatred to Jews or Israelis. I don’t subscribe to be anti-Israeli or anti-Palestinian. I find the whole discourse crap. What are we? cheering for tribes. One can be against an idea or with one. Hence, I don’t hate Israelis and I don’t love them. I don’t give a shit. But, as a liberal, I stand against foreign occupation, against Jewish only roads and illegal settlements. In fact, I have many issues with zionism as a colonial movement that dipossessed native populations. I have big issues with that. In the same way I have problems in population transfers that occured under the Nazis. I believe that being targeted by the state because of your ethnic background is deplorable and sick. We need to all stand against it. So, I don’t have an irrational hatred to Jews, but rather I have political differences with the State of Israel and these are two different issues. I express these differences in non-violent fashion be it in demonstrations or blogs or let’s say peaceful marches to the borders.

    “In fact the PLOs own founding charter specifically stated that they did NOT want the West Bank or Gaza – further proof that eliminating the Jews was all that actually mattered”
    Yes they were demanding one democratic state for Palestinians and Jews. Ideally I would prefer this solution since it’s the most reasonable. Equal rights unders law. But of course zionism being all about “ethnocracy” cannot accept that. In fact, it’s when PLO left that option as a liberation group that the Palestinians lost a lot as the Palestine papers show: too many concessions for nothing, Israel keeps expanding these are the facts. Edward Said was right when he refused Oslo. It was a disaster.

    “Behaving like brutal animals (clearly not all of you) who care more about violence”

    Yes, brutal animals… brutal animals because we refuse that our lands be taken away, or refuse to be put in an open prison like Gaza or refusing to be under occupation. Israelis are very civilized – I commend you for your Jewish only roads, Jewish only schools, Jewish only settlements, Jewish only State. It is in deed a light unto nations and an example to be emulated. It’s like white Americans saying 50 years ago, that United States is a white country for the whites….and hey if we gave the blacks the right to vote, this country won’t be white anymore! Well tell you something, this is exactly what “liberalism” is. This conversation is over!

  38. Wow, more distortion. I appreciate the courtesy, although I don’t know what names I have been calling people. If you deny that Steve’s words reflect anti-semitism, then it is very likely that you don’t know what anti-semitism is. He in fact, by his own words, is the very definition, and while he called me a liar and an extremist, you only seem to mind me calling him on his bigotry… could that reflect some bigotry of your own.
    Moving on, When in history has Israel claimed to be a Jewish only state? It is in no way like the US since Israel’s Arab citizens do have a right to vote, along with every other political right. Therefore denying this right to non-citizens can’t be explained away with the allegation of “racism”. Instead, it’s quite clear. Rule yourselves. We can’t wait! The moment there’s any sense that the Arabs are no longer commited to our destruction, there will be no more reason or desire to rule over them. But since Israel has not annexed their lands, there is no basis on which to assert that they should be allowed to vote.
    And were or were not these Jewish only roads only created in response to terrorist attacks when the roads were shared? But just as in the case of “equal rights” you suggest Jews expose themselves in the name of democracy to continued existential and brutal attacks. These are pretty important things to ignore, wouldn’t you say? Also, I at no point accused you of being anti-semitic, but the idea that you automatically believe one side, who’s story implies that the other side is simply blood-thirsty and sadistic, certainly points to an anti-Israel slant. As far as the PLO’s charter, this idea of a democratic state for Palestinians and Jews certainly didn’t exist as the goal was still annhialation and pushing the Jews into the sea. The land that they were fighting for was Israel, which at the time was already a democratic country where Arabs and Jews lived with equal rights despite being what you call an ethnocracy. The problem was that there was a Jewish majority in this section, and that was clearly unacceptable. Perhaps you can make a case to Jews that it’s wonderful to live as a minority in Arab countries. After years of dhimmitude and finally expulsion, the target has now been moved to the Christian community. Yes, why would Jews want to give up their equal right to self-determination in order to risk living in such a system. Because it’s “reasonable”, I suppose. That all other peoples of the world have the right to self-determination and that there be yet another Arab state (and a second Palestinian state) while the Jews remain an eternal minority. How very liberal of you. Let’s not pretend that Palestine was ever a country, and that partitioning it was therefore somehow sacrilege. The land was divided according to demography as was all of the former Ottoman empire, and if Palestinians wanted a state, it was there fore the taking. To call the Jewish majority that already inhabited the Jewish partition colonial, seems to be ignoring entirely the definition of that word. Colonists of what country? What aboriginals were being exploited? Were there no Jews already on the land? And why should Jews not have been allowed to move to this land that was at no point a nation state (at least since 2000 years earlier, when it had been their own). This whole notion of equality and democracy is laughable when put against the backdrop of history where the goal was explicitly that of annihilation (and if you listen to Hamas, continues to be). Compare this to Israel’s Declaration of Independence and the fact that Arabs have more rights in Israel than anywhere else in the middle-east, and you’d be hard-pressed to explain how your view is remotely “liberal”.
    Furthermore, as a student of history, you would know that zionism as a movement did not move anyone out, but that refugees from both sides were displaced as a result of a war. One which Israel didn’t start. Unless you can somehow show how such a displacement would have occured (perhaps the Arab model of coexistance) without such a war, you’d be hard-pressed to pin the refugee situation squarely on Israel or zionism. I don’t know what “targeting” you are talking about on ethnic terms, but the only example I have seen, explicitly, brutally and totally, has been in Arab countries, where ethnic cleansing doesn’t seem to have left much of an impression on your sensitive Liberal heart.
    Finally, yes brutal animals. Gaza was not an open air prison when it was left to the Palestinians. They could have used the greenhouses, they could have avoided defiling synagogues and they could have shown an ability to build a society out of their newfound freedom. Instead, they voted in a terrorist organization and rained down thousands of rockets on civilian centers. You seem to consistently ignore the cause and effect. Had there been no rockets, there is simply no reason to believe there would have been an “open air prison” (one with water parks, beaches, cafes, a new olympic swimming pool and new shopping malls… again, oh the humanity). I’m not sure what concessions you saw in the Palestine Papers, but there were really none to be seen. Most notably, for not one moment did Abbas back away from the “right” of return, which is clearly a dealbreaker.
    Finally, if you believe that having Jewish only roads is remotely as uncivilized as slitting the throat of a three-month old girl and having a third of the population back that act, or blowing up buses, or laser targeting a school buses (all such things are actually the reason for seperate roads) then you don’t seem to have too much of a handle on what civility is. The bottom line is you continue to assert that the Jews should not have a state where they can be a majority. As long as that’s your stance you are not struggling for peace, but rather for continued war until Muslim dominance is achieved. There is nothing remotely liberal about this stance, no matter how many liberal tropes you dress it up in. You are just another rejectionist and as long as that is the case, Israel cannot be expected to make a single concession toward its own demise.

  39. OOOOOH! I’m sorry. When you said “Jewish only state” which no one has ever claimed or pushed for, you must have meant “Jewish free state” like the one that’s being proposed for Palestine, following the example of every other Arab country. It’s a common mistake, I understand.

  40. BTW, here’s a list of terror attacks since Palestinians “gave peace a chance” at Oslo:
    Apr 6, 1994 – Eight people were killed in a car-bomb attack on a bus in the center of Afula. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Apr 13, 1994 – Five people were killed in a suicide bombing attack on a bus in the central bus station of Hadera. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Oct 19, 1994 – In a suicide bombing attack on the No. 5 bus on Dizengoff Street in Tel-Aviv, 21 Israelis and one Dutch national were killed.

    Nov 11, 1994 – Three soldiers were killed at the Netzarim junction in the Gaza Strip when a Palestinian riding a bicycle detonated explosives strapped to his body. Islamic Jihad said it carried out the attack to avenge the car bomb killing of Islamic Jihad leader Hani Abed on Nov 2.

    Jan 22, 1995 – Two consecutive bombs exploded at the Beit Lid junction near Netanya, killing 20 soldiers and one civilian. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Apr 9, 1995 – Seven Israelis and one American were killed when a bus was hit by an explosives-laden van near Kfar Darom in the Gaza Strip. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Jul 24, 1995 – Six civilians were killed in a suicide bomb attack on a bus in Ramat Gan.

    Aug 21, 1995 – Three Israelis and one American were killed in a suicide bombing of a Jerusalem bus.

    Feb 25, 1996 – In a suicide bombing of bus No. 18 near the Central Bus Station in Jerusalem, 26 were killed (17 civilians and 9 soldiers). Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Feb 25, 1996 – One Israeli was killed in an explosion set off by a suicide bomber at a hitchhiking post oustide Ashkelon. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Mar 3, 1996 – In a suicide bombing of bus No. 18 on Jaffa Road in Jerusalem, 19 were killed (16 civilians and 3 soldiers).

    Mar 4, 1996 – Outside Dizengoff Center in Tel-Aviv, a suicide bomber detonated a 20-kilogram nail bomb, killing 13 (12 civilians and one soldier).

    Mar 21, 1997 – Three people were killed when a suicide bomber detonated a bomb on the terrace of a Tel Aviv cafe. 48 people were wounded.

    Jul 30, 1997 – 16 people were killed and 178 wounded in two consecutive suicide bombings in the Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem.

    Sep 4, 1997 – Five people were killed and 181 wounded in three suicide bombings on the Ben-Yehuda pedestrian mall in Jerusalem.

    Oct 29, 1998 – One Israeli soldier was killed when a terrorist drove an explosives-laden car into an Israeli army jeep escorting a bus with 40 elementary school students from the settlement of Kfar Darom in the Gaza Strip.

    Nov 2, 2000 – Ayelet Shahar Levy, 28, and Hanan Levy, 33, were killed in a car bomb explosion near the Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem. 10 people were injured. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Nov 20, 2000 – A roadside bomb exploded at 7:30 in the morning alongside a bus carrying children from Kfar Darom to school in Gush Katif. Miriam Amitai, 35, and Gavriel Biton, 34, were killed and 9 others, including 5 children, were injured, 5 of them seriously.

    Nov 22, 2000 – Shoshanna Reis, 21, of Hadera, and Meir Bahrame, 35, of Givat Olga, were killed, and 60 wounded when a powerful car bomb was denotated alongside a passing bus on Hadera’s main street, when the area was packed with shoppers and people driving home from work.

    Dec 22, 2000 – Three soldiers were injured in a suicide bomb attack at the Mehola Junction roadside cafe in the northern Jordan Valley. The terrorist, who detonated a belt of explosives strapped to him, was killed in the blast.

    Jan 1, 2001 – A car bomb exploded near a bus stop in the shopping district in the center of Netanya. About 60 people were injured, most lightly. One unidentified person, apparently one of the terrorists involved in the bombing, died of severe burns. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Feb 8, 2001 – A powerful car bomb exploded at 4:40 PM in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Beit Yisrael in Jerusalem, causing mild injuries to four people.

    Feb 14, 2001 – Eight people were killed and 25 injured when a bus driven by a Palestinian terrorist plowed into a group of soldiers and civilians waiting at a bus stop near Holon, south of Tel-Aviv.

    Mar 1, 2001 – One person was killed and 9 injured when a terrorist detonated a bomb in a Tel Aviv to Tiberias service taxi at the Mei Ami junction in Wadi Ara.

    Mar 4, 2001 – Three people were killed and at least 60 injured in a suicide bombing in downtown Netanya.

    Mar 27, 2001 – A car bomb exploded at 7:40 in the morning in the Talpiot industrial/commercial zone in Jerusalem. Seven people were injured, one moderately. The Islamic Jihad has claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Mar 27, 2001 – 28 people were injured, two seriously, in a suicide bombing directed against a northbound No. 6 bus at the French Hill junction in Jerusalem. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Mar 28, 2001 – Two teenagers were killed and four injured, one critically, in a suicide bombing at the Mifgash Hashalom (“peace stop”) gas station several hundred meters from an IDF roadblock near the entrance to Kalkilya, east of Kfar Saba. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Apr 22, 2001 – A terrorist detonated a powerful bomb he was carrying near a group of people waiting at a bus stop on the corner of Weizman and Tchernichovsky streets in Kfar Sava. One person was killed and about 60 injured in the blast, two severely. The terrorist was also killed in the explosion, for which Hamas claimed responsibility.

    Apr 23, 2001 – Eight people were lightly hurt in a car bombing in Or Yehuda, a few kilometers north of Ben-Gurion Airport, which senior police officers said could only be described as a “miracle” in an area packed with pre-Independence Day shoppers.

    Apr 29, 2001 – A car bomb blew up close to a school bus travelling near the West Bank city of Nablus. There were no injuries in the attack. The body of the suicide bomber was found in the car. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

    May 18, 2001 – A Palestinian suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest detonated himself outside the Hasharon Shopping Mall in the seaside city of Netanya. Five civilians were killed and over 100 wounded in the attack. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

    May 25, 2001 – 65 people were injured in a car bombing in the Hadera central bus station. The two terrorists were apparently killed in the explosion. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility.

    May 27, 2001 – A car bomb exploded in the center of Jerusalem shortly after midnight. There were no injuries. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility.
    A bomb exploded at 9:00 in the morning near the intersection of the capital’s main Jaffa Road and Heshin Street. The bomb included several mortar shells, some of which were propelled hundreds of meters from the site of the explosion. 30 people were injured, most suffering from shock. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility.

    May 30, 2001 – A car bomb exploded shortly before 16:00 outside a school in Netanya while a number of students were still in the building studying for matriculation exams. Eight people were injured, suffering from shock and hearing impairment. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility.

    June 1, 2001 – 21 people were killed and 120 wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a disco near Tel Aviv’s Dolphinarium along the seafront promenade just before midnight on Friday, June 1, while standing in a large group of teenagers waiting to enter the disco.

    June 22, 2001 – Sgt. Aviv Iszak, 19, of Kfar Saba, and Sgt. Ofir Kit, 19, of Jerusalem, were killed near Dugit in the Gaza Strip as a jeep with yellow Israeli license plates, supposedly stuck in the sand, blew up as they approached. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

    July 2, 2001 – Two separate bombs exploded at about 8:20 Monday morning in cars in the Tel-Aviv suburb of Yehud. Six pedestrians were lightly injured. Police sources say the bombs were probably set by terrorists. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a radical PLO faction, claimed responsibility.

    July 9, 2001 – A Palestinian suicide bomber was killed in a car-bombing attack near the Kissufim crossing point in the southern Gaza Strip, causing no other casualties. Disaster was averted as the bomb exploded without hitting any other vehicles. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

    July 16, 2001 – Cpl. Hanit Arami, 19, and St.Sgt. Avi Ben Harush, 20, both of Zichron Yaakov, were killed and 11 wounded – 3 seriously – when a bomb exploded in a suicide terrorist attack at a bus stop near the train station in Binyamina, halfway between Netanya and Haifa, at about 19:30 Monday evening. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Aug 8, 2001 – A suicide bomber was killed when he detonated his car bomb, lightly wounding one soldier, at a roadblock near the B’kaot moshav in the northern Jordan Valley shortly after 9:00. One soldier was lightly wounded.

    Aug 9, 2001 – 15 people were killed, including 7 children, and about 130 injured in a suicide bombing at the Sbarro pizzeria on the corner of King George Street and Jaffa Road in the center of Jerusalem. Hamas and the Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Aug 12, 2001 – 21 people were injured in a suicide bombing in the Wall Street Cafe in the center of Kiryat Motzkin at 17:30. The terrorist was killed. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Aug 21, 2001 – A bomb placed under a car exploded at 14:15 near the Russian Compound in downtown Jerusalem; one woman was treated for shock. A second, very large unexploded bomb was discovered inside the car and dismantled.

    Sept 4, 2001 – 20 people were injured when a suicide terrorist exploded a powerful charge on Hanevi’im Street near Bikur Holim hospital in central Jerusalem shortly before 8:00 AM. The terrorist, disguised as a Jew in ultra-orthodox clothing, aroused the suspicion of passersby due to the large backpack he was wearing. As two Border Police officers approached the man, he detonated his shrapnel-packed bomb. Both officers were wounded – one critically. The terrorist was killed in the blast. Hamas claimed responsibility.

    Sept 9, 2001 – Three people were killed and some 90 injured, most lightly, in a suicide bombing near the Nahariya train station in northern Israel. The terrorist, killed in the blast, waited nearby until the train arrived from Tel-Aviv and people were exiting the station, and then exploded the bomb he was carrying. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Sept 9, 2001 – A car bomb exploded at the Beit Lid junction near Netanya, injuring 17 people. One person killed in the explosion is believed to be the terrorist bomber.

    Oct 1, 2001 – A large car bomb exploded in the Talpiot neighborhood of Jerusalem. Several people were lightly injured.

    Oct 7, 2001 – Yair Mordechai, 43, of Kibbutz Sheluhot was killed when a Palestinian suicide terrorist affiliated with the Islamic Jihad detonated a large bomb strapped to his body near the entrance of the kibbutz in the Beit She’an Valley.

    Nov 26, 2001 – A Palestinian suicide bomber killed himself and lightly wounded two Border Policemen at the Erez crossing point in the Gaza Strip. The bomber joined workers waiting to be cleared for entry into Israel. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Nov 29, 2001 – Three people were killed and nine others were wounded in a suicide bombing on an Egged 823 bus en route from Nazereth to Tel Aviv near the city of Hadera. The Islamic Jihad and Fatah claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Dec 1, 2001 – 11 people were killed and about 180 injured when explosive devices were detonated by two suicide bombers close to 11:30 P.M. Saturday night on Ben Yehuda Street, the pedestrian mall in the center of Jerusalem. A car bomb exploded nearby 20 minutes later. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Dec 2, 2001 – 15 people were killed and 40 injured, several critically, in a suicide bombing on an Egged bus No. 16 in Haifa shortly after 12:00. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Dec 5, 2001 – A suicide bomber exploded a powerful bomb shortly after 7:30 AM on King David Street in Jerusalem. A number of people waiting at a nearby bus stop were lightly injured. The terrorist was killed in the blast. Police are investigating whether the bomb, packed with nails and shrapnel, went off prematurely. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility.

    Dec 9, 2001 – A suicide bomber exploded a powerful bomb near a bus stop at the Checkpost Junction in Haifa shortly after 7:30 AM. About 30 people were injured, most lightly and suffering from shock. A second explosive device was found and detonated nearby. The terrorist was killed.

    Dec 12, 2001 – Four people traveling in two cars were lightly wounded in an attack at 18:00 PM by two suicide bombers near the Gaza Strip community of Neve Dekalim.

    Jan 25, 2002 – 25 people were wounded when a Palestinian suicide bomber detonated explosives outside a cafe on a pedestrian mall near Tel Aviv’s old central bus station at 11:15 AM on Friday.

    Jan 27, 2002 – Pinhas Tokatli, 81, of Jerusalem was killed and over 150 people were wounded, four seriously, in a suicide bombing on Jaffa Road, in the center of Jerusalem, shortly before 12:30. The female terrorist, identified as a Fatah member, was armed with more than 10 kilos of explosives.

    Feb 16, 2002 – Two teenagers were killed and about 30 people were wounded, six seriously, when a suicide bomber blew himself up on Saturday night at a pizzeria in the shopping mall in Karnei Shomron in Samaria. A third person subsequently died of his injuries. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Feb 18, 2002 – Policeman Ahmed Mazarib, 32, of the Bedouin village Beit Zarzir in the Galilee, was killed by a suicide bomber whom he had stopped for questioning on the Ma’ale Adumim-Jerusalem road. The terrorist succeeded in detonating the bomb in his car. The Fatah al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Feb 27, 2002 – A Palestinian suicide bomber blew herself up at the Maccabim roadblock on the Jerusalem-Modi’in highway Wednesday night, injuring three policemen.

    Mar 2, 2002 – Eleven people were killed and over 50 were injured, 4 critically, in a suicide bombing at 19:15 on Saturday evening near a yeshiva in the ultra-Orthodox Beit Yisrael neighborhood in the center of Jerusalem where people had gathered for a bar-mitzva celebration. The terrorist detonated the bomb next to a group of women waiting with their baby carriages for their husbands to leave the nearby synagogue. The Fatah Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade took responsibility for the attack.

    Mar 5, 2002 – Maharatu Tagana, 85, of Upper Nazareth was killed and a large number of people injured, most lightly, when a suicide bomber exploded in an Egged No. 823 bus as it entered the Afula central bus station. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Mar 7, 2002 – A suicide bomber blew himself up in the lobby of a hotel in the commericial center on the outskirts of Ariel in Samaria. 15 people were injured, one seriously. The PFLP claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Mar 9, 2002 – 11 people were killed and 54 injured, 10 of them seriously, when a suicide bomber exploded at 22:30 PM Saturday night in the crowded Moment cafe at the corner of Aza and Ben-Maimon streets in the Rehavia neighborhood in the center of Jerusalem. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Mar 17, 2002 – A suicide bomber exploded himself near an Egged bus no. 22 at the French Hill junction in northern Jerusalem. 25 people were lightly injured.

    Mar 20, 2002 – Seven people, four of them soldiers, were killed and about 30 wounded, several seriously, in a suicide bombing of an Egged bus No. 823 traveling from Tel Aviv to Nazareth at the Musmus junction on Highway 65 (Wadi Ara) near Afula. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Mar 21, 2002 – Three people were killed and 86 injured, 3 of them seriously, in a suicide bombing on King George Street in the center of Jerusalem. The terrorist detonated the bomb, packed with metal spikes and nails, in the center of a crowd of shoppers. The Fatah al-Aqsa Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Mar 27, 2002 – 30 people were killed and 140 injured – 20 seriously – in a suicide bombing in the Park Hotel in the coastal city of Netanya, in the midst of the Passover holiday seder with 250 guests. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack. The terrorist was a member of Hamas from Tulkarem, on the list of wanted terrorists Israel had requested be arrested.

    Mar 29, 2002 – Two people were killed and 28 injured, two seriously when a female suicide bomber blew herself up in the Kiryat Yovel supermarket in Jerusalem. The Fatah Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Mar 30, 2002 – One person was killed and about 30 people were injured in a suicide bombing in a cafe on the corner of Allenby and Bialik streets in Tel-Aviv. The Fatah Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Mar 31, 2002 – 15 people were killed and over 40 injured in a suicide bombing in Haifa, in the Matza restaurant of the gas station near the Grand Canyon shopping mall. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Mar 31, 2002 – An MDA paramedic was very seriously injured along with three other people at 17:00 Sunday afternoon in a suicide bombing at the emergency medical center in Efrat, in the Gush Etzion bloc south of Jerusalem.

    Apr 1, 2002 – A police officer was killed in Jerusalem when a Palestinian suicide bomber heading toward the city center blew himself up in his car after being stopped at a roadblock. The Fatah al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Apr 10, 2002 – Eight people were killed and 22 injured in a suicide bombing on Egged bus #960, en route from Haifa to Jerusalem, which exploded near Kibbutz Yagur, east of Haifa. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Apr 12, 2002 – Six people were killed and 104 wounded when a woman suicide bomber detonated a powerful charge at a bus stop on Jaffa road at the entrance to Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda open-air market. The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.

    May 7, 2002 – 16 people were killed and 55 wounded in a crowded game club in Rishon Lezion, southeast of Tel-Aviv, when a suicide bomber detonated a powerful charge in the 3rd floor club, causing part of the building to collapse. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

    May 19, 2002 – Three people were killed and 59 injured – 10 seriously – when a suicide bomber, disguised as a soldier, blew himself up in the market in Netanya. Both Hamas and the PFLP took responsibility for the attack.

    May 20, 2002 – A suicide bomber, apparently bound for Afula, killed himself after Border Policemen approached him for questioning at a bus stop. There were no other injuries.

    May 22, 2002 – Two people were killed and about 40 wounded when a suicide bomber detonated himself in the Rothschild Street downtown pedestrian mall of Rishon Lezion.

    May 23, 2002 – A bomb planted by terrorists exploded underneath a fuel truck at the Pi Glilot fuel depot north of Tel Aviv. The truck burst into flames, but the blaze was quickly contained.

    May 24, 2002 – A security guard opened fire on a terrorist attempting to ram a car bomb into the Studio 49 Disco in Tel Aviv. The terrorist was killed and five Israelis slightly injured when the bomb exploded prematurely.

    May 27, 2002 – A grandmother and her infant granddaughter were killed and 37 people were injured, some seriously, when a suicide bomber detonated himself near an ice cream parlor outside a shopping mall in Petah Tikva. The Fatah Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.

    June 5, 2002 – 17 people were killed and 38 injured when a car packed with a large quantity of explosives struck Egged bus No. 830 traveling from Tel-Aviv to Tiberias at the Megiddo junction near Afula. The bus, which burst into flames, was completely destroyed. The terrorist was killed in the blast. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

    June 11, 2002 – A 14-year-old girl was killed and 15 others were wounded when a Palestinian suicide bomber set off a relatively small pipe bomb at a shwarma restaurant in Herzliya.

    June 18, 2002 – 19 people were killed and 74 injured – six seriously – in a suicide bombing at the Patt junction in Egged bus no. 32A traveling from Gilo to the center of Jerusalem. The bus, which was completely destroyed, was carrying many students on their way to school. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

    June 19, 2002 – Seven people were killed and 50 injured – three of them in critical condition – when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a crowded bus stop and hitchhiking post at the French Hill intersection in northern Jerusalem shortly after 7:00 P.M., as people were returning home from work. The Fatah Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.

    July 16, 2002 – Nine people were killed and 20 injured in a terrorist attack on Dan bus no. 189 traveling from Bnei Brak to Emmanuel in Samaria. An explosive charge was detonated next to the bullet-resistant bus. The terrorists waited in ambush, reportedly wearing IDF uniforms, and opened fire on the bus. While four terror organizations claimed responsibility for the attack, it was apparently carried out by the same Hamas cell which carried out the attack in Emmanuel on Dec 12, 2001.

    July 17, 2002 – Five people were killed – two Israeli and three foreign workers – and about 40 were injured, four seriously, in a double suicide bombing on Neve Shaanan Street near the old central bus station in Tel Aviv. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

    July 30, 2002 – Five people suffered light to moderate injuries in a suicide bombing at a felafel stand on Hanevi’im Street in the center of Jerusalem. The bomber, who was killed, apparently exploded prematurely.

    July 31, 2002 – Nine people were killed and 85 wounded, 14 of them seriously, when a bomb exploded in the Frank Sinatra student center cafeteria on the Hebrew University’s Mt. Scopus campus. The explosive device was planted inside the cafeteria, which was gutted by the explosion. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Aug 4, 2002 – Nine people were killed and some 50 wounded in a suicide bombing of Egged bus No. 361 traveling from Haifa to Safed at the Meron junction in northern Israel. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Aug 5, 2002 – A bomb exploded in a car at the Umm al-Fahm junction in northern Israel, killing the terrorist and wounding the driver, an Arab Israeli resident of Nazareth.

    Sept 18, 2002 – Police Sgt. Moshe Hezkiyah, 21, of Elyachin was killed and three people were wounded in a suicide bombing at a bus stop at the Umm al Fahm junction. The terrorist, who was apparently planning to detonate the bomb after boarding a bus, set the charge off early when approached by the police for questioning. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Sept 19, 2002 – Six people were killed and about 70 wounded when a terrorist detonated a bomb in Dan bus No. 4 on Allenby Street, opposite the Great Synagogue in Tel-Aviv. Hamas claimed responsbility for the attack.

    Oct 10, 2002 – Sa’ada Aharon, 71, of Ramat Gan was killed and about 30 people were wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up while trying to board Dan bus No. 87 across from Bar-Ilan University on the Geha highway (Route 4). Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Oct 21, 2002 – 14 people were killed and some 50 wounded when a car bomb containing about 100 kilograms of explosives was detonated next to a No. 841 Egged bus from Kiryat Shmona to Tel-Aviv, while traveling along Wadi Ara on Route No. 65 toward Hadera. The bus had pulled over at a bus stop when the suicide bomber, from Jenin, driving a jeep, approached from behind and exploded. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Oct 27, 2002 – Two IDF officers and a non-commissioned officer were killed and about 20 people were wounded in a suicide bombing at the Sonol gas station at the entrance to Ariel in Samaria. The victims were killed while trying to prevent the terrorist from detonating the bomb. The terrorist was identified as a member of Hamas.

    Nov 4, 2002 – Two people – a security guard and a teenage boy, both recent immigrants from Argentina – were killed and about 70 were wounded in a suicide bombing at a shopping mall in Kfar Sava. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Nov 21, 2002 – Eleven people were killed and some 50 wounded by a suicide bomber on a No. 20 Egged bus on Mexico Street in the Kiryat Menahem neighborhood of Jerusalem. The bus was filled with passengers, including schoolchildren, traveling toward the center of the city during rush hour. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Jan 5, 2003 – Twenty-two people were killed and about 120 wounded in a double suicide bombing near the old Central Bus Station in Tel-Aviv. The attack was apparently carried out by two members of the Fatah Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, with the help of the Islamic Jihad.

    Mar 5, 2003 – Seventeen people were killed and 53 wounded in a suicide bombing of an Egged bus #37 on Moriah Blvd. in the Carmel section of Haifa, en route to Haifa University. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Mar 30, 2003 – Over 40 people were wounded in a suicide bombing on the pedestrian mall at the entrance to the London Cafe in the center of Netanya. The bomber was killed. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Apr 24, 2003 – Alexander Kostyuk, a 23-year-old security guard from Bat Yam, was killed and 13 were wounded, two seriously, in a suicide bombing outside the train station in Kfar Sava. Groups related to the Fatah al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades and the PFLP clamied joint responsibility for the attack.

    Apr 30, 2003 – Three people were killed and about 60 peoople were wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a beachfront pub “Mike’s Place” in Tel Aviv. The Fatah Tanzim and Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack, carried out as a joint operation. Investigation revealed that the two British Muslims involved in the suicide bombing were dispatched to perpetrate the attack by the Hamas military command in the Gaza Strip.

    May 17, 2003 – Gadi Levy and his wife Dina, aged 31 and 37, of Kiryat Arba were killed by a suicide bomber in Hebron. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

    May 18, 2003 – Seven people were killed and 20 wounded in a suicide bombing on Egged bus no. 6 near French Hill in Jerusalem. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.
    Steve Averbach died on June 3, 2010, succumbing to wounds suffered in the suicide bombing, bringing the death toll to eight.
    A second suicide bomber detonated his bomb when intercepted by police in northern Jerusalem. The terrorist was killed; no one else was injured.

    May 19, 2003 – Three IDF soldiers were lightly injured when a Palestinian on a bicycle detonated explosives next to a military jeep near Kfar Darom in the southern Gaza Strip. The bomber was killed. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

    May 19, 2003 – Three people were killed and about 70 wounded in a suicide bombing at the entrance to the Amakim Mall in Afula. The Islamic Jihad and the Fatah al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades both claimed responsibility for the attack.

    May 22, 2003 – Nine Israelis were injured when a roadside bomb was detonated next to a bus near Netzarim in the Gaza Strip.

    June 11, 2003 – Seventeen people were killed and over 100 wounded in a suicide bombing on Egged bus #14A outside the Clal building on Jaffa Road in the center of Jerusalem. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

    June 19, 2003 – Avner Mordechai, 58, of Moshav Sde Trumot, was killed when a suicide bomber blew up in his grocery on Sde Trumot, south of Beit Shean. The suicide bomber was killed. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

    July 7, 2003 – Mazal Afari, 65, of Moshav Kfar Yavetz was killed in her home on Monday evening and three of her grandchildren lightly wounded in a terrorist suicide bombing. The remains of the bomber were also found in the wreckage of the house. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Aug 12, 2003 – Erez Hershkovitz, 18, of Eilon Moreh, was killed and three people wounded when a teenaged Palestinian suicide bomber detonated himself at a bus stop outside Ariel. Amatzia Nisanevitch, 22, of Nofim, died of his wounds on August 28.

    Aug 19, 2003 – Twenty-three people were killed and over 130 wounded when a Palestinian suicide bomber detonated himself on a No. 2 Egged bus in Jerusalem’s Shmuel Hanavi neighborhood. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Sept 9, 2003 – Nine IDF soldiers were killed and 30 people were wounded in a suicide bombing at a hitchhiking post for soldier outside a main entrance to the Tzrifin army base and Assaf Harofeh Hospital. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Sept 9, 2003 – Seven people were killed and over 50 wounded in a suicide bombing at Cafe Hillel on Emek Refaim St., the main thoroughfare of the German Colony neighborhood in Jerusalem. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Oct 4, 2003 – Twenty-one people were killed, including four children, and 60 wounded in a suicide bombing carried out by a female terrorist from Jenin in the Maxim restaurant in Haifa. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Oct 9, 2003 – A Palestinian suicide bomber exploded himself at the DCO located at the entrance to Tulkarm. The bomber approached the reception window and exploded himself, injuring two IDF soldiers and a Palestinian.

    Oct 15, 2003 – Three Americans were killed and one wounded at the Beit Hanoun junction in the Gaza Strip when a massive bomb demolished an armor-plated jeep in a convoy carrying U.S. diplomats.

    Nov 3, 2003 – A suicide bomber blew himself up in the West Bank village of Azun, near Kafr Qasem, when he saw Israeli security officials searching for him. One IDF soldier was lightly wounded. The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade claimed responsibility for the failed attack.

    Dec 25, 2003 – Four Israelis were killed and over 20 wounded in a suicide bombing at a bus stop at the Geha Junction, east of Tel Aviv, near Petah Tikva. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Jan 14, 2004 – Four Israelis – three soldiers and one civilian – were killed and 10 wounded when a female suicide bomber detonated a bomb at the Erez Crossing in the Gaza Strip. Hamas and the Fatah Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed joint responsibility for the attack.

    Jan 29, 2004 – Eleven people were killed and over 50 wounded, 13 of them seriously, in a suicide bombing of an Egged bus no. 19 at the corner of Gaza and Arlozorov streets in Jerusalem. The Fatah-related Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack, naming the bomber as Ali Yusuf Jaara, a 24-year-old Palestinian policeman from Bethlehem.

    Feb 22, 2004 – Eight people were killed and over 60 wounded, 11 of them school pupils, in a suicide bombing on Jerusalem bus no. 14A near the Liberty Bell Park. The Fatah Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack, which was carried out by Mohammed Za’ul, from the Bethlehem area.

    Mar 6, 2004 – Two Palestinian policemen were killed in a terror attack on the Erez crossing in northern Gaza involving rifle fire and suicide car bombs, including jeeps camouflaged as IDF vehicles. Two of the vehicles exploded on the Palestinian side of the crossing, and four terrorists were killed. There were no IDF casualties. Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the military wing of Fatah all claimed responsibility.

    Mar 14, 2004 – Ten people were killed and 16 wounded in a double suicide bombing at Ashdod Port. Hamas and Fatah claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Apr 17, 2004 – Border Policeman Sgt. Kfir Ohayon, 20, of Eilat was killed, three others wounded when a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up at the Erez Crossing. Hamas and Fatah claimed joint responsibility for the attack.

    May 22, 2004 – A suicide bomber was killed when he detonated an explosive device at the Bekaot checkpoint in the northern Jordan Valley. The commander of the IDF checkpoint was lightly injured, as well as several Palestinians. The PFLP claimed responsibility for the attack.

    July 11, 2004 – Sgt. Ma’ayan Na’im, 19, of Bat Yam, was killed and 33 wounded when a bomb exploded at a bus stop in downtown Tel Aviv at about 7 a.m. One person was critically wounded, four were moderately wounded, and the rest were lightly hurt.

    Aug 11, 2004 – Two Palestinian bystanders were killed and 18 people were wounded, including six Border Policemen, when a bomb was detonated south of the Qalandiyah checkpoint at the northern entrance to Jerusalem.

    Aug 31, 2004 – Sixteen people were killed and 100 wounded in two suicide bombings within minutes of each other on two Beersheba city buses, on route nos. 6 and 12. The buses were traveling along Beersheba’s main street, Rager Blvd, near the city hall. Hamas in Hebron claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Sept 8, 2004 – A booby-trapped car exploded next to Israeli security personnel at the Baka al-Sharkiyeh checkpoint, near the Green Line border with the West Bank. The Palestinian driver of the car was killed in the blast. The Fatah-related Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Sept 14, 2004 – A suicide bomber riding on a bicycle blew himself up near an armored IDF jeep at an agricultural gate, south of Qalqilyah, injuring two IDF soldiers.

    Sept 22, 2004 – Two Border Policemen were killed and 17 Israelis wounded in a suicide bombing carried out by a female terrorist at the French Hill junction hitchhiking post in northern Jerusalem. The Fatah al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Oct 7, 2004 – A total of 32 people were killed in terror bombings at two Sinai holiday resorts frequented by Israelis: 29 at the Taba Hilton and three at Ras a-Satan. Among the dead were 12 Israelis; over 120 were wounded.

    Nov 1, 2004 – Three people were killed and over 30 wounded in a suicide bombing at the Carmel Market in central Tel Aviv. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in Nablus claimed responsibility for the attack, carried out by Amar Alfar, 18, from Askar refugee camp in Nablus.

    Dec 7, 2004 – St.-Sgt. Nadav Kudinsky, 20, of Kiryat Gat of the Oketz canine unit was killed by a bomb, along with his dog, when a booby-trapped chicken coup exploded northwest of the Karni Corssing in the Gaza Strip. Four soldiers were wounded in the exchange of fire while evacuating him. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Jan 5, 2005 – A terrorist infiltrated the Erez crossing terminal in the Gaza Strip, activated an explosive device, hurled grenades and opened fire. An IDF force shot and killed the terrorist. The Islamic Jihad and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Jan 12, 2005 – One Israeli civilian was killed and three IDF soldiers wounded when a bomb was detonated as a military vehicle patroled the route near Morag in the southern Gaza Strip. Two terrorists were killed by IDF forces. The area was booby-trapped with explosive devices, in addition to the bomb that exploded. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Jan 13, 2005 – On Thursday night, shortly before the closing of the Karni Crossing, terrorists activated an explosive device on the Palestinian side of the crossing, blowing a hole in the door through which Palestinian terrorists infiltrated the Israeli side of the crossing and opened fire at Israeli civilians. As a result of the explosion and during exchanges of fire, six Israeli civilians and three Palestinian terrorists were killed, and five Israeli civilians were wounded. Hamas and the Fatah al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades claimed joint responsiblity for the attack.

    Jan 18, 2005 – An ISA officer was killed, an IDF officer seriously wounded, and 4 IDF soldiers and 3 members of the ISA were lightly wounded in a suicide bombing attack at the Gush Katif junction in the central Gaza Strip. While search procedures were being carried out, the suicide bomber with explosives strapped to his body detonated himself. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Feb 25, 2005 – Five people were killed and 50 wounded Friday night, when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the Stage club on the Tel Aviv promenade at around 11:20 P.M., on the corner of Herbert Samuel and Yonah Hanavi streets. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

    July 12, 2005 – Five people were killed and about 90 wounded when a suicide bomber detonated himself outside Hasharon Mall in Netanya. The bomber was identified as Ahmed Abu Khalil, 18, from the West Bank village of Atil. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Aug 28, 2005 – A suicide bomber detonated himself outside the Beersheba Central Bus Station. Two security guards who stopped the bomber were severely wounded and about 50 people were lightly wounded or treated for shock. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Oct 26, 2005 – Seven people were killed and 54 wounded, six seriously, in a suicide bombing at the Hadera open-air market. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Dec 5, 2005 – Five people were killed and over 50 wounded in a suicide bombing at the entrance to the Sharon shopping mall in Netanya. The terrorist detonated the bomb when he was stopped by security guards, one of whom was killed. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Dec 29, 2005 – Lt. Ori Binamo, 21, of Nesher was killed when a terrorist en route to carry out an attack in Israel detonated himself at roadblock set up near Tulkarm following an intelligence tip. A second intended suicide terrorist was also killed in the blast as well as the taxi driver and a third passenger. Three soldiers and seven Palestinians were wounded.

    Jan 19, 2006 – Thirty-one people were wounded in a suicide bombing in a shawarma restaurant near the old central bus station in Tel Aviv. The Jerusalem Battalions of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Mar 30, 2006 – Four people were killed when a suicide bomber hitchhiker disguised as an ultra-Orthodox yeshiva student detonated his explosive device in a private vehicle near the entrance to Kedumim.

    Apr 17, 2006 – Eleven people were killed and over 60 wounded in a suicide bombing during the Passover holiday near the old central bus station in Tel Aviv, at the Rosh Ha’ir shawarma restaurant, site of the Jan 19 bombing. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Jan 29, 2007 – Three employees of a bakery in the southern city of Eilat were killed in a suicide bombing. The Islamic Jihad and the Fatah al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack.

    Feb 4, 2008 – Lyubov Razdolskaya, 73, of Dimona was killed and 38 wounded – Razdolskaya’s husband critically – in a terror attack carried out by a suicide bomber at a shopping center in Dimona. A police officer shot and killed a second terrorist before he detonated his explosive belt. A Hamas statement from Gaza praised the attack, calling it an “heroic act”.

    Mar 6, 2008 – Eight students of the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva in Jerusalem were killed when a terrorist armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle infiltrated the yeshiva and opened fire in the library where about 80 people were gathered, mostly teenagers. Eleven others were wounded, three critically. The terrorist, a resident of East Jerusalem, was killed by an IDF officer.

    May 14, 2008 – At about 6 pm an Iranian-made Grad rocket launched from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip hit a busy shopping mall in central Ashkelon. 90 people were wounded, four of them seriously, among them a 24-year-old mother and her infant daughter.

    July 2, 2008 – Three people were killed and over 50 wounded in a terror attack in Jerusalem. Driving a bulldozer on Jaffa Road between the Central Bus Station and the Mahane Yehuda market, the terrorist plowed into cars and pedestrians as well as two public buses carrying some 50 passengers. Police shot and killed the terrorist.

    Mar 23, 2011 – One woman, a 59-year-old British national, was killed and about 50 wounded when a bomb exploded across from the Jerusalem Convention Center, near the Central Bus Station. The bomb had been placed near a telephone booth at a crowded bus stop next to Egged city bus #74.

  41. [...] that the US and Israel need him to maintain stability along their mutual border. But in Lebanon, everything was peaceful until the IDF started [...]

  42. What about the protestor who went all the way to goddamned Jaffa. Really? They just would “chant slogans and then go home”. This is lunacy. You don’t know what you’re talking about.

  43. Steve the anti-semite, care to field this one?

  44. Yeah sure Nate. Under international law, the Palestinians have the RIGHT to resist – violently and non-violently – and ILLEGAL MILITARY OCCUPATION OF THEIR HOMELAND.

    It’s unfortunate that so many ‘innocent’ Israelis were killed(i.e those occupiers of their land) but you must realize 75 years of having Palestinians civilians murdered and their homes stolen(and their basic human rights) comes at a cost to those whose religious ideology prevents them from seeing this basic human right.

    So keep typing you pathetic Zionist stooge – it only makes people hate Israel that much more.

    All the best trying convince ANYBODY that being against the Zionist fascist state is anti-semetic………..lol….

  45. Jews legally bought their land from Arabs in this “homeland”, one which was never a state of any kind before 1948. Therefore saying that all of Israel is somehow occupied has no basis in fact or law and suggesting that all of these civilians are somehow fair game for violent restistance, puts you squarely in the fanatical camp rather than the peace camp. Most importanly, I have continued to say (though I’ll forgive you for being slow on the uptake) that being against Israel does not make you anti-semitic. You are suspicious of Jews who wield too much power for your liking, who have a dual loyalty, who control the world to some extent, who by and large you believe support genocide. This makes YOU an anti-semite. I know that probably doesn’t sit well since it’s a terrible thing to be, but every word you’ve said (especially, ironically enough, in trying to prove that you’re NOT anti-semitic) makes you an unabashed, undeniable, disgusting, vile, intolerant, irrational anti-semite. I don’t feel this way about Nizar. I don’t feel this way about Sean. But if you understand any definition of the word you will have to face the truth that if you believe all that you write, that is exactly what you are.

  46. Helen Thomas was 100% right, Nate.

    Zionists have come to Palestine with violence and dispossession of their mind. From Day One. FACT.

    Time for the Europeans and Americans to go home. And they can take their racist ‘right of return’ for world Jewry with them. The world has had enough.

    Only Jews(and their offspring) born in pre-1948 will stay – all the rest will eventually leave Mandate Palestine.

    I promise you Nate. Watch this space.

    Now go ahead and take up loads of space with your rubbish.

    I won’t be here to read such dribble anyway..

  47. Being called an anti-semite by the likes of a fascist like you is a good laugh!

    Thanks Nate….

  48. Nate – tell your supervisor your feeling a little tired today.

    Go home, take a day off son.

    Hasbara wears on the soul…

  49. So on what do you base that that is why zionists have come to Palestine? Where is your proof? As I pointed out violence has clearly come from the Arab side first and dispossession was a direct result of an Arab initiated war. Saying “FACT” doesn’t create a fact. Use actual ones, rather than broad sweeping claims and see if your argument holds up.
    Wow! So you’re calling for the expulsion of people born in Israel after 1948 and for Israel’s destruction. Where should these second and third generation Jews go, in your opinion? But yes, I’m the fascist. I’m not sure what country you’re from, but in Western Civilization, rest assured your views are considered radical, hateful, and yes, anti-semitic.

  50. Thank you for this Shanshun! Know that I spent the little time that I do spent on the internet on the Human Province. I am happy you’re safe, while deeply engaged. If I’d be an American I’d be proud of you, as I am not, I can just say that the existence of Americans like yourself make the prospect of moving there welcoming.

  51. Over 50 dead today in Syria and still not a word of condemnation from Mr. Lee… or even a mention for that matter. Could it be that these unarmed protesters are “dead where it doesn’t count” since it’s hard to pin their deaths on the Jews? I understand that in the dark words weigh double, but I can’t remember what two times zero is.

  52. In case you haven’t noticed, this blog isn’t updated on a daily basis these days. If you’d like to see what I’m linking to more regularly, you can follow me on Twitter, where you’ll see that I link regularly to the brutal killings in Syria and Bahrain. I have in-laws in Syria and worry about them very much. I absolutely support the revolution in Syria, but the regime’s lockdown on the media makes it difficult to know what exactly is going on, since we have to rely on the trickle of information coming into Lebanon.

  53. Doesn’t need to be daily. It’s been going on for months and I haven’t heard any of the condemnation that you direct toward Israel even once – and to a dictator killing his own people. My God, even Libya only warranted a real condemnation toward some guy named Kuperman. And since your defense tends to be that your posts are Lebanon-centred I would have expected to see one regarding Lebanon sending people back to Syria (then again, Lebanon’s never really been good with refugees).

  54. A World Press Photo exhibit in Beirut is being closed early after Lebanese authorities ordered the removal of an Israeli photographer’s prize-winning work.
    The Netherlands-based organization said on Friday that they would prefer to close the exhibit 10 days early rather than have photos censored. The World Press award is one of the industry’s most coveted prizes.
    The award-winning Israeli photographer in question, Amit Sha’al pointed out that his photos include the depiction of Palestinians in a sympathetic light – but denouncing Israel didn’t stop the Lebanese authorities boycotting him as an Israeli Jew.
    I remember you saying something about censorship. Anything? Anything?

  55. This morning, the PCHR reported that yesterday’s ‘Youth Mobility and Palestinian Reconciliation’ conference was brutally dispersed:
    ‘The security personnel attacked the young men and women using clubs. They violently beat a young man who attempted to photograph the dispersion of the gathering by the police using his mobile phone. The police arrested this young man together with another five ones and transported them to the nearby al-Abbas police station. The detainees were interrogated about the activities and organizers of the conference, and were released later after being forced to sign an oath to “abide to the law and morals and come to the police once they are summoned,” according to the testimony of one of the released detainees.’
    A violent crackdown on a peaceful demonstration. Can we at least pretend to care? I know they’re Muslims beating Muslims and it’s not as fun as complaining about when Jews do it, but maybe just for the novelty of it?

  56. From a Lebanese blog… weird…
    [Lebanese] army got tetchy with the crowd’s pushing and shoving, and fired warning shots in the air. Followed by another round. People ducked to the ground to avoid the spray of bullets, unsure of what just took place. This wasn’t supposed to happen; isn’t the army supposed to fire at the enemy? Wasn’t the enemy on the other side of the fence currently killing our protestors? The crowd reacted quickly, picking up whatever was around them and throwing them at the army; sticks, stones, bottles. A rain of objects fell on the soldiers, who retaliated with another round of shots. People started screaming at them; “Why??” “You should be firing at the Israelis not at us!” “Use your fire on the Israelis!” “You fire on your own people?!”
    At one point the shots rang out. Everyone scrambled to the ground, face down, while shouting “watch out for the mines!”, “Heads down! Keep your heads down!”. But within seconds, everyone was on their feet again, running towards the fence, with their arms cocked and ready to throw. It would take about a minute before you heard “ambulance!”, “injured!”, or “killed!” as a result of the latest barrage of bullets, causing the protesters to get riled up even further. This did not happen just once, or twice. This was happening all the time. It got to a point where some people stopped ducking the bullets.

    We noticed the Lebanese army had decided to come back. By now it was after 5pm, and the Lebanese army had clearly been given fresh orders; move the protestors away from the fence, using any means necessary. And they did. To the letter. People were being hit with sticks, others were being shoved with rifle butts. The [Lebanese] army started firing. And wouldn’t stop. Not even for a minute. They fired above our heads and marched forward, straight towards the protestors. But they kept firing. They marched passed us, weapons in the air, still firing. It was so loud, and so many, the ground was vibrating. The rest of the crowd were already halfway up the hill, the army having succeeded in pushing them far away from the fence. We stood up, ready to make our way up the hill.

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