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It isn’t often that I post an article by someone else but Amira Hass who writes for the Israeli daily Haaretz  is always an exception

Much of what you’ll read below can be found in my book Israeli and Palestinian Voices: A Dialogue with Both Sidesbut I think it has more of a punch when it comes from one of Israel’s premier journalists.

Amira Hass Aug 30, 2016 3:17 AM

A list of the people’s daily fears under “democratic Jewish military rule” in the West Bank:

* That soldiers will descend from a pillbox armed to the teeth and fire at me. Or at my daughter, or my husband.
This happened in Silwad late last week. Ultra-Orthodox soldiers from the Kfir Battalion in the Nahal Brigade were extremely fearful for their lives and shot Iyad Hamed, 38, who was walking in his village – in his home – in the fields he knew from childhood. He wasn’t armed. He wasn’t throwing stones.

He was running, said the soldiers in their defense. After all, everyone knows that a running Palestinian is a suspicious Palestinian. And a suspicious Palestinian is a Palestinian who should be killed. And an armed soldier who killed a Palestinian walking on his land isn’t a murderer.

* That a soldier will fire at children coming home at night from a swimming pool and kill one and wound four. This happened at Beit Ur al-Tahta.

A couple from Ramallah and their teenage children were traveling via the Atara checkpoint north of Birzeit for a family visit. S. tells what happened: “The soldier stood at a distance and aimed his weapon at us. Once they would just approach and peer into the car.

“But here I was afraid of his ignorance and fear, and what these would make him do. From a distance, with his weapon aimed, he ordered us to get out of the car and sit on the ground. He called my son to come to him.

“The rifle was aimed, and I was scared. My son’s phone could ring and he’d put his hand in his pocket automatically, and the soldier could invent the excuse that he was afraid my son was pulling out a knife, so he killed him in self-defense. I moved, started to get up, and the soldier shouted: ‘Stay where you are, don’t move,’ with his rifled aimed.”
Blindfolded and bound

* That my nephew will go outside to exercise his right to protest when soldiers raid our refugee camp or our village, and a soldier armed to the teeth will fire at him and kill or cripple him (as happened in places including al-Fawwar and Kafr Qaddum).

* That they’ll confiscate more of our land for another security road to a settlement.

* That my son will drive my SUV to bring a friend back home, and on the way he’ll encounter a soldier who’ll fire at him and wound him. After all, they can report a lie to their commanders. (Daheisheh)

* That soldiers in a jeep will slap my son, still a minor, whom they’ve detained and blindfolded and bound his arms and legs. Then they’ll kick him. (Beit Omar)

* That they’re torturing my brother right now during an interrogation, his hands behind his back that has been bent for hours, preventing sleep in a filthy cell amid curses. (the Shin Bet security services facilities in Petah Tikva or Kishon Prison)

* That they’ll declare our land state land, and soon a settlement will be built there.

* That my daughter will be the only one in her class who won’t receive an Israeli permit to go on a trip to the beach because I’m a released prisoner, as happened to A. from the Nablus area.

* That at the Allenby crossing the Israelis will send me back and won’t let me travel with my friends on a trip to Kazakhstan, as happened to N. in her 50s.

* That at the Allenby crossing they won’t be satisfied with denying my husband permission to leave but will also put me in administrative detention – detention without trial – without an explanation, without a search and without an interrogation, as happened to Omar Nezal.

* That I’ll lose my job in Israel because they’ll take away my Israeli exit permit in an attempt to recruit me to the Shin Bet as an informer.

* That they won’t allow my 60-year-old father to pray at the Al-Aqsa Mosque because I was wounded. (Daheisheh)

* That a bulldozer will come escorted by soldiers, the Border Police and Civil Administration inspectors in a white jeep. Together they will destroy the tabun oven, the family tent, the trailer home donated by the European Union and the toilet donated by an aid organization. (Umm al-Khair)

The rifle scope and the bullet

* That a surveyor will come in preparation to expand a settlement, because of which they’ve already destroyed my tabun and now they’ll destroy the goat pen. (the Carmel settlement)
* That they’ll build another pillbox in order to guard the expanding outpost that was built on village land.
* That we’ll take the sheep to graze, and settlers will descend from the mountain and beat us, and the soldiers will stand aside. (the Maon Farm)
* That we’ll renovate the approach road to our fields and orchards, and the Civil Administration will stop the work in the middle. (Tekoa, Turmus Ayya, Duma)
* That we’ll be late to work again this morning because the soldiers at the checkpoint stopped the traffic from Ramallah so that the settlers heading from Ofra and Beit El can get to work on time. (Geva-Adam Junction)
* That my husband will have an appointment for an operation in East Jerusalem, because he suffers from heart disease, but we won’t get a permit to leave Gaza. (As happened to my friend A., or as our mutual friend F. in his mid-50s says: “My greatest fear is that one of us will fall ill and I won’t be able to give him or her the best possible treatment, because we won’t get an exit permit from Gaza.”)

* That a soldier on a surprise patrol in the neighborhood will say he was afraid and killed me. And that all the other soldiers think that the cure for fear is the rifle scope and the bullet; a finger on the trigger and bingo.

* That the world won’t be interested in all this, and only when a Palestinian kills a Jew and a rocket is launched from Gaza will Angela Merkel and Barack Obama denounce terror.
Amira Hass

Click here to view or purchase Israeli and Palestinian Voices.

Note: Blacks in USA are also subjugate to fear of instant death at any moment by police forces or supremacists. At least, there is an investigation and media comment on the tragedy. Nothing of the sort in Israel.

Thoughts on the Cyber-crimes Bureau Chief Sacking

Gino Raidy on Oct. 3, 2017

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel gleeful at such ironic poetic justice: the person heading the bureau that had summoned and arrested so many civilians, journalists, activists and bloggers for shares, retweets, likes and statuses, would be sacked from her job for “liking” a tweet about Saudi Arabian women being able to drive now.

However, past the initial “you deserve it” gut reaction, there are several worrying things about this case, which I will try to discuss below.

Saudi Arabia is a Topic You Can Be Fired for in Lebanon

It’s a bit sad that all the violations of the Cybercrime Bureau, didn’t cost anyone there their jobs, but a tweet seen as “insulting” to Saudi Arabia did the trick.

Where were her superiors when university students were lured to the offices under false pretenses, like “your phone is a stolen one” only to be arrested and thrown in jail for days and weeks over an article they shared or a status they wrote?

What about the random phone calls after hours, asking a person to show up for “coffee” the next morning, only to be interrogated, without the charge or reason being specified, and without officially summoning them in person, as the law states.

The message being sent to taxpayers by the ISF, is that if its bodies abuse citizens’ rights, no one will be held accountable for that, but if you “like” a tweet poking fun at Saudi Arabia, the main financier and godfather of several political parties in Lebanon, then you’ll be out of a job at lightning speed.

This is both demoralizing for taxpayers like us, but also honest cops, who know that they will not be punished for breaking human rights law, but might suffer the full wrath of their superiors if they dare utter, by mistake or not, something that a foreign ambassador might not like…

Hobeiche’s Response Was Even More Censorship Attempts

You’d think that being at the receiving end of censorship and bullying, that the former head of the Cybercrimes Bureau would realize the error of her ways and the negative, unfair and obtuse impact of trying to control what people can and cannot say, share or agree/disagree with. Instead though, she has filed a lawsuit against the person who caught her “like” of Charbel Khalil’s tweet.

Whether by mistake or not, she did like that tweet, and punishing the person who revealed that, instead of taking it up with her superiors as a misunderstanding, shows that this ironic twist of fate didn’t really hammer in the idea we might have hoped it would: that trying to shut people up by force, and twisting their arms when they say something you don’t like, is never the answer.

Alas, this is not the case, and I wish that person luck in the upcoming investigations.

The Real Problem is Still There

The Cybercrimes Bureau is a symptom, not the disease. The real issue is with the judiciary, especially the general prosecutors, which are the folks who forward cases to that bureau.

The problem is, any and all Internet-related cases are sent there, whether it’s child porn or a tweet that someone found offensive to the “symbols of the nation”. (Are emptying our pockets as State highway robbing schemes a symbolic issue?)

So, it’s no surprise the detectives there treat you like some criminal for a like or share, if what they’re supposed to be investigating is heinous crimes like credit card fraud, sexual abuse online, blackmail and malicious hacking.

That bureau is no place for a journalist or activist who in their passion said something that the current ruling elite were ticked off by.

The removal of Hobeiche, will not solve anything, and in the spirit of not prejudging her successor, he might do a better job, but he might also ramp up the bureau’s bullying activities as a tool against anyone who dissents from the general party line of the ruling political parties and politicians in Lebanon.

In Conclusion

The Cybercrimes Bureau needs to focus on real crimes, and stop wasting our tax money and arresting people for something they wrote, shared or liked. The judiciary needs to keep up with the times, and appoint qualified people who enforce laws that don’t date back to the 1950s before the Internet had even been conceived in fiction novels of the time.

What happened to Hobeiche is a valuable lesson for everyone in power, that the loopholes and ambiguities and lack of accountability you use to bully taxpayers like us, can come back to haunt you yourselves one day.

I hope the Cybercrimes Bureau will stop being a tool of oppression against taxpayers, and instead do the job it’s supposed to: fight online crime, not online free speech.

For this to happen, public prosecutors need to stop wasting the bureau’s resources and accomplishments against actual crimes, in order to bully innocent citizens of Lebanon.

 Notes and tidbits on FB and Twitter. Part 68

Ne t’en fait pas de bile jeune homme, je ferais de mon mieux que tu survive cette nuit

On April 10, 1973, an Israeli commandos, headed by Ehud Barak, assassinated the three leaders living in the same building in Verdun.
Do you recall the names of Kamal Adwan, Kamal Nasser, and Youssef el Najjar? They were Palestinian leaders whose strategy is never to get involved in local politics in the States the Palestinian refugees reside in. Israel assassinated the 3 of them in Beirut, one night on April 1973
Yasser Arafat and Abut Iyad, wo had the propensity of getting immersed in Local politics in lebanon, and living very close by on the same street, were spared to continue destabilizing lebanon.
The problem with complaining about the system is that the system can’t hear you. Only people can.
Before dismantling democratic system, the far right parties consistently break the law, when their leaders form governments
Daesh (ISIS) leaders are committing mass suicide by being blown with detonating belt. Most of them foreign members who have no chance to go anywhere.
A person is mentally vegetative when he can no longer take in a new idea
To simplify a notion you need to be able draw a model of it to explain it.
Freedom and leverage is great, but it comes with responsibility.  With the social network we’re all curators/concierges/impresarios
Injustice is mainly committed by people holding power: They can get away with paying their dues to the community (Ibn Khladoun)
Nihilism: Un soldat voit un arbrissau au milieu de la steppe et la coupe “Why you are standing alone? Son intelligence suprême des moyens lui avait fait perdre le jugement suprême des fins ( Case of Berry)
Eclopés des guerres: Trop malade pour les tranchées, pas assez pour être évacuer dans les hôpitaux surcharges de l’arriére.
Ils passaient non pas á côté du danger, mais á côté de la gloire
Au café, Claire s’invita et s’assit sur les genoux de Peppino Garibaldi, une maniére comme une autre de contribuer á la victoire (inciter les Italens a declarer la guerre á  l’ Empire Autricien)
In 1918, all belligerent nations were exhausted and weakened. France and England knew that they lost the war. And then USA stepped in. Germany was then denied finances and commerce with USA and also knew that the game was over.
Je compris que l’éloquence, accouplé avec une multitude consentante, était une source d’ivresse. Rien de pire que d’être frustré de ce vertige sans compensation sexuelle.
What’s wrong with people, in order to make small talks, invariably ask you if you believe in God. I’m pretty sure, if 7 bilions say Yes, he will still force his dog to nod consent. 
They will never be satisfied with their questions: Do you believe in God? They cannot admit that clergies doubt God at least once a day.
It does Not matter what is your religion: If you don’t carry one of the colonial passports, then your assassination is an invisible occurrence
In capitalist culture, the getting is ever more important than the having.  We ended up storing somewhere what we have purchased.
I have been hearing for a couple of years that it is the foreign powers who have guaranteed Lebanon’s security but Not his stability. If that make any sense, let these rotten foreign powers get off our back
The bloody rats of Daesh in Mosul: how they are spending their nights and days? Using terrified kids as shield?




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