Chronicals of Palestine: Black October
Black chronicles of Palestine, October 2015
Day in day out the news is of the murder and injury of unarmed Palestinians, many of them children, on the streets of the occupied Palestinian towns and villages.
A monstrous scenario has been developed by the Israeli Occupation Forces and the crazed illegal settlers who are armed to the teeth: a young Palestinian is shot and left to bleed to death, a knife is placed near the body and the innocent victim is declared a terrorist.
Israel steals away the body and it is an agonizingly long delay before they return her or him back to the family. In the meantime the family is served a house demolition order or threatened with expulsion if living in the occupied East Jerusalem.
This happens in the Occupied West Bank and in historic 1948 Palestine. In Gaza, under siege by land, air and water, unarmed people are shot by Israeli snipers for non-violently protesting the siege, or are bombed indiscriminately from the air by the most advanced and deadly killing equipment Western democracies can supply.
We look in horror at the pictures of the young people with their brains spilled in the streets and murdered teenage girls with their headscarves soaked in blood.
Martyrs wrapped in Palestinian flags are carried through the crowded streets of Palestine´s cities, villages and refugee camps. Illegal settler lynch mobs viciously attack and kill other Israelis who are black or “look” Arab
In October seventy two Palestinians were murdered. In the same period seven Israelis have been killed. Most were murdered by numerous gunshot wounds; at least three died from tear gas inhalation including an eight month old baby near Bethlehem, and elderly man in East Jerusalem, and a long time and beloved activist of al Khalil
The true extent of the Israeli orgy of violence is illustrated in the number of wounded in October, which exceeds six thousand. This would rival the figures from the front lines of the most savage wars. In this time, eighty Israelis were injured.
Of the wounded more than six hundred were children. As of the 26th of October (the most recent data available, 1344 have been wounded in Al Quds/Jerusalem , and 1066 in Qalqiliya, a city trapped between some of the most violent settlements, but hardly ever in the news. In Ramallah, more than 800 have been injured. In al Khalil (as of October 26) 929 were injured, though this does not include the injuries incurred during clashes at the mass funeral of 5 Palestinian youth’ killed earlier in the month, whose bodies were returned to their families on the 31st.
Those figures are as yet unavailable at the time of this writing.
Of those injured across the West Bank, at least five hundred were injured by live ammunition.
Arrests and detention are on an industrial scale. Just in East Jerusalem, 118 children have been detained. Worryingly, some are kept imprisoned under ‘administrative detention’ which allows for the child prisoner to be held in military prison, without charges, indefinitely.
Six homes were demolished, four of them (three in Al Quds/Jerusalem and one in Al Khalil/Hebron) These were acts of collective punishment against families for the alleged crimes of their relatives against the Israeli soldiers or illegal settlers. Five more households were given demolition orders. Fourteen homes were surveyed by the Israeli occupying army which is done to determine the equipment and force necessary to destroy the home before the demolition order is issued.
There does not seem to be end in sight. Palestinians have had enough of decades of brutality and humiliation, and as Amnesty International said, the Israelis have abandoned any pretense of being guided by the laws and the morals of humanity.