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Ferguson Protesters To Be Prosecuted? Like the Palestinians in Israel?

President Barack Obama strongly denounced violence that occurred during demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, and called for prosecutions against those committing “criminal acts” Tuesday night.

“Burning buildings, torching cars, destroying property, putting people at risk — that’s destructive and there’s no excuse for it. Those are criminal acts. And people should be prosecuted if they engage in criminal acts,” Obama said before giving a speech on immigration in Chicago, Illinois.

(Obama was upset because they were destroying their community).

Protesters stormed the streets of Ferguson Monday night, after a grand jury declined to indict the white police officer, Darren Wilson, who killed 18-year-old Michael Brown last August.

Wilson has said he acted in self-defense, but protesters disagree and argue the killing is part of a larger problem of police discrimination.

The demonstration quickly turned violent with numerous businesses and cars torched by the crowd. More than 60 protesters were arrested and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced he would deploy over  2,000 National Guard troops to keep order Tuesday evening.

Obama said it would be inappropriate for him to address the specifics of Wilson’s case.

However, as he did in a speech following the verdict, Obama spoke generally about his sympathies with the community’s broader frustrations. He said he ordered Attorney General Eric Holder to look into improving police training and diversity across the country.

The frustrations that people have generally, those are rooted in some hard truths that have to be addressed. And so those who are prepared to work constructively, your president will work with you. A lot of folks, I believe, in law enforcement, and a lot of people in city halls, and governors’ offices around the country want to work with you as a well,” Obama said.

While he noted he understands why many are upset by the situation, Obama said he has “no sympathy at all for destroying your own communities.”

“The bottom line is nothing of significance, nothing of benefit, results from destructive acts. I’ve never seen a civil rights law, or a healthcare law, or an immigration bill result because a car got burnt,” he said.

“Take the long-term, lasting route of working with me and governors and state officials to bring about some real change. And to those who think that what happened in Ferguson is an excuse for violence, I do not have any sympathy for that.”

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-violent-ferguson-protesters-should-be-prosecuted-2014-11#ixzz3KN9InRon

Note: The Palestinian youth in the West Bank are arrested administratively while in their home under no charges whatsoever and are incarcerated for over 6 months. These stone throwers are shot by live bullets, mostly in their backs and heads.

 

Video Shows ‘Execution’ of Palestinian Youth by Israeli Police

Naomi Wolf CONFIRMS.
This 22 year old was executed in a parking lot for hitting a police van with a stone or object.
In Northern Israel, not Palestine. Miranda Atra posts a link from Ma’an confirming that he was trying to protect his cousin, a detail dropped in transition to the one Western blog we found that reported on this death.
Israeli police claim he came at them with a knife, which the video contradicts. This must-read article also shows that Netanyahu is calling for the revocation of citizenship in response to protest…
The security minister is calling for the execution without trial of stone throwers..
And a Knesset member was suspended forever for criticizing the Gaza assault…
it is impossible to defend what seem clearly to be systematic ethnic cleansing policies of making life for Palestinians impossible as free people, clearing people from land they own, desecrating their holy places, crushing dissent and executing resisters on sight.
The video, taken by a closed-circuit camera, contradicts the initial police account of the incident.

Several days after a senior Israeli official said that terrorists who pose a threat to civilians should be killed immediately, video surfaced showing Israeli police shooting a Palestinian youth in the Arab town of Kufr Kana, in Northern Israel, as he attempted to run away.

The video, taken by a closed-circuit camera, contradicts the police account of the incident, which occurred Friday. They said that 22-year-old Kheir Hamdan attacked the officers with a knife and police were forced to shoot him after firing a warning shot.

However, the video shows Hamdan used an object to bang against the windows of a police van and then fled after officers got out of the vehicle. The police immediately opened fire on Hamdan while he was running away. No warning shot was fired.

In a statement released yesterday, the Adalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel called Hamdan’s death an execution and added the video raises suspicions that Hamdan was shot again while he was lying on the ground.

Adallah also placed some of the blame for Hamdan’s death on an Israeli minister who made incendiary remarks about killing Palestinians who pose a threat to Israel.

“Adalah sees a direct connection between the execution of Kheir Hamdan and the statements made last week by Israeli Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich. The Minister stated that anyone who attacks Israeli Jewish citizens should be killed immediately. In any democratic society that respects the life of its citizens, any government minister that makes statements such as those by Yitzhak Aharonovich should be immediately dismissed,” the statement said.

Hundreds of protestors from Israel’s Arab minority marched in Kufr Kana and the surrounding area of Galilee over the weekend, calling for a thorough investigation into the incident. Protestors placed burning tires and barricades in the street while shops and schools closed.

Almost 30 Palestinians were arrested during a demonstration yesterday.

The killing of Hamdan further inflamed already explosive tensions in the region. This morning, scores of Jewish settlers under police protection forced their way past the gates surrounding the Al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest site in Islam, and toured the site for 15 minutes, according to a Palestinian guard.

In the past month, violent clashes have occurred around East Jerusalem in response to an increasingly vocal movement by right-wing Israeli politicians and settler activists to expand Jewish access to the area, where Judaism’s holiest site, the Temple Mount, once stood.

Isreali Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised that there would be no changes to the status quo regarding Al-Aqsa. However, the escalating confrontations have increased fears in Israeli society that the controversy could boil over into a third Palestinian uprising.

Several hours after Hamdan’s death, Netanyahu issued a statement in which said he had instructed the interior minister to consider revoking the citizenship of Palestinian protestors.

“We will take determined action against those who throw stones, firebombs and fireworks, and block roads, and against demonstrations that call for our destruction,” his statement said.

The Prime Minister’s threat to revoke the citizenship of protestors is indicative of an increasing intolerance for political dissent within Israel. Last month, the Israeli Parliament, or Knesset, voted overwhelmingly to suspend Palestinian legislator Haneen Zoabi for “incitement.”

Zoabi made several controversial remarks over the summer when Israel launched an invasion of Gaza that killed more than 2,000 Palestinians, most of whom were civilians.

Furthermore, Netanyahu’s deputy interior minister drafted  two bills that would expel Zoabi from the Knesset and strip her of her citizenship for inciting violence and encouraging terrorism.


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