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Israeli military spokesman accused of mocking dead Palestinian protester

Palestinians carry the body of Mustafa Tamimi during his funeral in Nabi Saleh Photo: REUTERS
Mocking the assassinated peaceful demonstrators? How far can Israel get away with every defamation?
 posted on Dec. 11 from Jerusalem:
“Mustafa Tamimi died on Saturday, a day after he was struck in the face by a tear-gas canister fired at close range from an armoured military jeep in Nabi Saleh. Nabi Saleh is a village in the West Bank that has been witnessing weekly protests by Palestinians and Jews against the Wall of Shame, (the nastiest and most visual symbol of the Israeli apartheid occupation).

Israeli military officials have been largely unapologetic for the death, releasing pictures of a sling they said was found on Mr Tamimi’s body as evidence that the dead man had thrown stones. (The First Intifada “shaking-off Palestinian civil disobediance” of 1987 lasted 6 years and Israel violent reactions against Palestinian children and youth stone throwers subsided after 1,500 civilian Palestinians were killed and 20,000 severely injured)

A number of military officials took to Twitter to defend the army and attack Mr Tamimi, but none caused as much outrage as a post by Maj. Peter Lerner, spokesman for the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) Central Command, who suggested that the Palestinian peaceful activist deserved his fate.

Maj. Peter Lerner said: “What was Mustafa thinking running after a moving jeep while throwing stones and fail?”  Mustafa was fighting for his life in hospital.

“Fail”, and its stronger variant “epic fail”, are American slang terms, popular on the internet, used in a derogatory fashion to denote extreme stupidity.

Pictures of Mr Tamimi lying in a pool of blood, his face badly mangled, have raised tensions in the West Bank. Clashes erupted at his funeral yesterday as Israeli soldiers fired tear gas at mourners attempting to march on a spring near Nabi Saleh, which has been taken over by Jewish settlers.

At least five people were injured, including Mr Pollack who was admitted to hospital after he was held in a chokehold by Israeli soldiers, causing him to lose consciousness.

Maj Lerner denied mocking Mr Tamimi, saying his use of the word “fail” was directed at activists “who had given a one-sided version of the incident. I did not mean to hurt anyone’s feelings by writing ‘fail. I felt the need to point out that none of the pictures of Tamimi prior to the incident were published, despite the fact that he was throwing stones.” (Does the Israeli army takes pictures before lodging tear gases at close range?)

The IDF has launched an investigation into the incident. Under army rules, soldiers are forbidden from firing tear gas canisters directly at protesters. A spokesman insisted that the army normally responded to demonstrations with “extreme restraint”. The eruption of weekly protests in the West Bank over the past two years has unnerved the Israeli military establishment.

A leaked US diplomatic cable, written last year, quoted a senior Israeli officer as saying that “even demonstrations that appear peaceful” would not be tolerated and would be broken up.

Conceding that non-violent protests presented a particular challenge to Israeli control of the West Bank, the cable quoted Gen Amos Gilad, a senior defence ministry official, as saying: “We don’t do Gandhi very well.”

The Israeli army’s actions in Nabi Saleh have been criticised in the past after a number of children were detained and allegedly subjected to sleep deprivation and threats during interrogation to force them to incriminate adults who participated in the demonstrations.” End of quote

Since 9/11 attack on Twin Towers, US domestic security agencies have been regularly visiting Israel to follow “intensive course programs” on torture techniques and how to break peaceful demonstrations…, like Occupy Wall Street protest.

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What is your culture? How do you treat your dead ones, and “martyrs”?

ERIK PINEDA posted on Dec 9, 2011 and account of how the US military disposed of the bodies of their dead soldiers, fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Practical all the way to the end.

“Body parts or remains of many U.S. servicemen killed in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001 may have been mishandled, according to a report by the Washington Post.

  • (Photo: REUTERS)<br>The Afghanistan War has entered its 11th year, and an end to the conflict is no where in sight. Should the U.S. Congress re-institute the military draft to win the war?
(Photo: REUTERS)
According to the Post, cremated remains and body parts of about 274 soldiers were unceremoniously dumped in a landfill, purportedly with the full knowledge of officials running Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

The Air Force facility serves as the receiving point for remains of troops who were killed in action while serving overseas.

The improper disposal, the report said, was not brought to the attention of key Pentagon officials until the practice was halted in 2008, with the U.S. military higher-ups ordering a probe on the base’s cremation system when the news broke.

The paper, citing anonymous Air Force officials, also indicated that family members of the dead soldiers were kept in the dark on how the remains of their loved ones were disposed of.

Dover officials were given authority by the soldiers’ families to arrange for the disposal of the cremated remains, including some body parts, but in a respectful and dignified fashion.

The news came out following charges in early November that Dover’s gross mismanagement resulted in the desecration of the nation’s war dead, specifically of two unidentified soldiers who have been discovered with missing body parts that were not properly documented by Dover’s mortuary.

Ensuing inquiries further uncovered irregularities, which prompted Pentagon officials to put in place new procedures that will be observed in the future.

According to the Post, Dover officials took disciplinary action against the morgue commander of the base and its staff as a result of the investigation, though nobody was fired.

Aside from the already cited cases, Air Force officials have admitted that thousands of war dead remains met the same fate, which were delivered to the base’s mortuary for proper disposal as they were beyond recognition.

Conducting DNA identification on the remains was next to impossible as they were either too damaged for reconstruction or badly burned.

The Afghanistan War has entered its 11th year, and an end to the conflict is no where in sight. Should the U.S. Congress re-institute the military draft to win the war?”  End of post

I have watched in documentaries that two thousand years, people in South Americas (Peru) took the pain and climbed dangerous mountains in order to finding dry caves for the dead.  Dead bodies were not supposed to fall prey to beasts and their peace perturbed.

I have published an article on the elaborate procedure and process that the Lebanese resistance movement of Hezbollah undertake for honoring their martyrs and keeping their memory alive in their villages and towns. 

Dignity for the living starts by extending dignity to the dead!  The most elaborate temples and fort-kind of constructions in antiquity were designed and built for the dead.




December 2011

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