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“There’s No School In Gaza, There Are No More Kids Left” chants Israelis in Tel Aviv

Gaza is a cemetery

One of the most extreme forms of racism I have seen.

Israelis in Tel Aviv chanting “There’s no school in Gaza, there are no more kids left, Gaza is a cemetery“.

Marching Israelis In Tel Aviv Chant ‘There’s No School In Gaza, There Are No More Kids Left’

A horde of Israeli activists in Tel Aviv has been caught on video cheering the genocide of Gaza children, chanting, “There are no more kids left”.

Translated by HuffPost, the rabble sings: “There’s no school in Gaza, there are no more kids left”.

The video concludes with the crowd chanting “Gaza is a cemetery”.

The YouTube video, which was highlighted by the International Solidarity Movement, purportedly shows a march on Saturday in which Israelis, waving flags, showed their support for the ongoing campaign in Gaza, whilst admonishing two Arab members of the Knesset, Ahmad Tibi and Haneen Zoabi.

The latest offensive in Gaza has resulted in more than 2,100 Palestinian deaths, including many civilians, since fighting began three weeks ago, and over 11,000 injured

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story translated the chant as, “There’s no school tomorrow, there are no children left”. The activists actually say, “There’s no school in Gaza, there are no more kids left”.

Note: Israel prevented Palestine minister of education to visit Gaza on the first day of school opening.


It is Jawhariyyeh’s lack of status that makes his memoirs so unusual, revealing new facets of Palestinian life before the Nakba — the ethnic cleansing that led to Israel’s establishment — and challenging many preconceptions and stereotypes.

Wasif Jawhariyyeh was not from the elite families. His father was associated with the Husseinis, performing administrative jobs for the family alongside his activities as a merchant and silk farmer.

According to Wasif’s account, his father was a close and trusted advisor to Salim al-Husseini and his son Musa Kazem.

This association with a well-off family meant that, although the Jawhariyyehs’ financial situation was sometimes precarious, gifts from his father’s patron ensured that Wasif and his siblings rarely noticed.

The descriptions of his childhood center around a large house shared with tenants, situated around a courtyard and with communal facilities.

“If you entered the house on a Sunday,” writes Jawhariyyeh, “you would find families and relatives of both sexes with their children, some playing cards or backgammon, others singing or playing music with their friends, some smoking argileh [water pipe], or telling stories and anecdotes… .

Our Muslim neighbors, both men and women, used to join us at times of sorrow or joy alike. On the first night of Lent, we would all dress up — men and women.”

This is a rare glimpse into “middle-class” life in Jerusalem at the end of the Ottoman period, where the important things are food, family and getting an education, not palatial homes and political goings-on.

Talented musician

Wasif, however, was found at a young age to be a talented musician, playing instruments such as the oud and the rababah or rebeck.

This ability gives his autobiography an extra perspective, because he often worked as a personal musician to members of the Jerusalem elite, including men of the Husseini and Nashashibi families.

We may be used to seeing these names in history books, making decisions which affected the political fate of Palestine.

Wasif Jawhariyyeh played his oud in the bachelor pads — called odas — of the young men of elite families, and in the cafes they frequented, and taught music and singing to their mistresses.

Jawhariyyeh’s access to the upper echelons of Jerusalem society, as well as his formidable memory for anecdotes, also deliver personal insights into Britain’s colonial governors.

They include the “cunning” Ronald Storrs and the eccentric Edward Keith-Roach, who cycled round the roof of the government building in his pyjamas and locked his beloved cat in to protect her from the advances of felines from the neighboring Morcos Hotel.

Vibrant nightlife

Far from being an austere, religious place at the heart of political events, Jawhariyyeh’s Jerusalem is a city with a vibrant nightlife, performances by famous musicians from Cairo and Beirut, songs satirizing contemporary events and personalities and partygoers dabbling in recreational drugs.

Jerusalem in the 1920s, it seems, was less the traditional backwater depicted in some accounts of the British Mandate, and more a city whose affluent cultural scene was a smaller version of that to be found in other cosmopolitan capitals in the region and across Europe.

As well as this unique insight into the leisure lives of the upper classes, Jawhariyyeh’s depictions of late Ottoman and Mandate Jerusalem give us eyewitness accounts of the diverse society destroyed by the establishment of the State of Israel.

Muslims, Christians and Jews not only lived alongside one another, but participated in each other’s religious festivals and cultural celebrations, drawing no meaningful distinctions between one community and another.

According to these descriptions, the Jewish festival of Passover and Christian Easter were celebrated almost as one huge event in Jerusalem, with participants from the highest ranks of Muslim officials.

The Jewish festivities included a procession from Jerusalem to the shrine of Moses near Jericho, which was also the destination for Muslim pilgrims during the Islamic festival of Nabi Musa.

Sense of darkness

Perhaps there is an element of nostalgia to Jawhariyyeh’s reminiscences of the earlier years of his life.

Even allowing for this, there is a growing sense of darkness throughout the latter part of his memoirs, as political events — Zionist immigration and growing discrimination against the local population by the British Mandate authorities — start to impinge on everyday life.

Music — including technological innovations such as radio — remained central to Jawhariyyeh’s professional and personal existence but even this was touched by the impending crisis.

Jawhariyyeh recounts, for example, how a Jewish musician who had represented his home country, Iraq, at the 1931 Arabic music conference in Cairo went to play in a new orchestra, separate from the Palestinians, after political clashes split the artists.

With the exception of a few minor inconsistencies in transliteration, this is a book about which one can be unequivocally enthusiastic. For those with background knowledge of Palestine under Ottoman and Mandate rule, it will be source of fresh perspectives and details.

For those new to the period, the book — edited by Salim Tamari and Issam Nassar, and translated by Nada Elzeer — provides a highly readable, intimate account of life for urban Palestinians.

And for all readers, its portrayal of a diverse, vibrant society is a bitter-sweet glimpse into what Palestine might have been, in a world without European and Zionist colonialism.

Sarah Irving worked with the International Solidarity Movement in the occupied West Bank in 2001-02 and with Olive Co-op, promoting fair trade Palestinian products and solidarity visits, in 2004-06.

She is the author of a biography of Leila Khaled and of the Bradt Guide to Palestine and co-editor of A Bird is not a Stone, a collection of contemporary Palestinian poetry in translation.

She is a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Detained a 5-year-old Child for Throwing Rock at Settler’s Car: Israeli Army Clears Soldiers…

Seven Israeli soldiers who detained a 5-year-old Palestinian boy for rock-throwing this week in the West Bank city of Hebron have been cleared of any wrongdoing by their superiors, after a review of video of the incident published on Thursday by the Israeli rights group B’Tselem.

The rights group, also known as the Israel Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, said in a statement posted online, along with 7 brief video clips recorded on Tuesday afternoon, that it had drawn attention to the incident in a letter to the military’s legal adviser for the territory that has been occupied by Israel since 1967.

According to B’Tselem — which provides cameras to Palestinians to help them document the actions of Israeli soldiers — the officers detained the boy, Wadi’a Maswadeh, for two hours and “threatened the child and his parents, handcuffed and blindfolded the father, and handed the boy over to the Palestinian police. Detaining a child below the age of criminal responsibility (12 years), especially one so young, has no legal justification.”

ROBERT MACKEY published in The Lede this July 11, 2013:

Video recorded on Tuesday in the West Bank city of town of Hebron showed Israeli soldiers detaining a 5-year-old boy for throwing a rock at a settler’s car.

Eytan Buchman, a spokesman for the Israeli military, said soldiers took the boy to his home, and then, with his parents, to a Palestinian police station. “This kid was throwing stones on the street,” Mr. Buchman said. “He wasn’t arrested. He was escorted to his parents. A huge difference.” He said the minimum age for charging stone throwers in the West Bank is 12.

Mr. Buchman added that the army had reviewed the incident after B’Tselem publicized the video, and found the soldiers had conducted themselves correctly. “It’s the kind of thing that warrants checking to make sure everything was O.K.”

In her letter to the authorities, B’Tselem’s director, Jessica Montell, complained of the very ordinariness of the scene captured on video. “The footage clearly shows that this was not a mistake made by an individual soldier, but rather conduct that, to our alarm, was considered reasonable by all the military personnel involved, including senior officers. It is particularly troubling that none of them apparently thought any part of the incident was problematic: not the fact that they scared a 5-year-old boy out of his wits, nor threatening him and his parents to ‘hand him over’ to the Palestinian police, nor threatening to arrest the father on no legal grounds, nor handcuffing and blindfolding the father in front of his son.”

Video recorded on Tuesday in Hebron showed the father of a Palestinian boy detained for rock-throwing blindfolded and handcuffed.

In one of the video clips of the incident, recorded at a checkpoint after the boy’s father, Karam Maswadeh, had been blindfolded and handcuffed, a senior Israeli officer could be seen gesturing at the camera filming the scene.

A short time later, the blindfold and handcuffs were removed. Mr. Maswadeh, who speaks Hebrew, told B’Tselem that the senior officer had reprimanded the soldiers for detaining the father and son in full view of cameras. “You’re harming our public image,” he reportedly told them.

A photograph posted on Flickr by the International Solidarity Movement, a pro-Palestinian organization, showed the father of a Palestinian boy detained for rock-throwing blindfolded and handcuffed on Tuesday in Hebron.

Israeli security forces are present in large numbers in Hebron to protect several hundred Jewish settlers who moved to the city of nearly 200,000 Palestinians after it was occupied in 1967. The boy was detained near the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, a site revered by Jews and Muslims as the traditional burial place of the founding fathers of both religions. Hebron’s original Jewish community fled in 1929, after 67 Jews were killed during Arab riots against Jewish immigration to British-ruled Palestine.

The final clip in the B’Tselem series shows the boy and his father being turned over to a laughing Palestinian police officer. They were released after a brief interrogation, relatives told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

Video of a Palestinian boy detained for rock-throwing by Israeli soldiers on Tuesday in Hebron being turned over to the Palestinian police along with his father.

Writing on Twitter later on Thursday, Ms. Montell responded to an Israeli blogger who defended the actions of the officers by arguing that the occupation authorities do not detain the children of settlers who throw stones at Palestinians.

Note 1: 60% of Palestinian youth went through the revolving doors of Israel prison system. No charges levied upon them: An apartheid of intimidation and humiliation.

Note 2: Israel exported $27 billion worth in arms and weapons last year. Ranked 6 in arms trade. Israel has reached agreement with 3 African States to barter African immigrants within Israel in exchange for arms and weapons.




December 2022

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