Peoples willing to fight for their faith, family and folk embody an unbroken spirit. The Palestinian people are an inspiring example of a people who refuses to be broken, no matter what the circumstances. Throughout decades of open oppression, the Palestinian people continue to fight for the rights of their people to have self-determination.
The Zionist State has illegally occupied the land of the Palestinian people since 1947, dramatically increased the size of Israel through land seizures during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and ever increasing internationally condemned Israeli settlements. The majority of the Palestinian people stand as aliens in the home their extended family has lived in for centuries. Palestinians are crushed under the boot-heel of an oppressive Israeli regime that has a “shoot first, deny United Nations resolutions later” policy towards torturing, mass arresting and killing Palestinian civilians.
No matter how many Palestinians are killed or tortured by Israeli forces, the dream of an independent and sovereign Palestine lives on and continues to grow among the people. The blood of thousands of nationalist martyrs and the innocent is the fertile soil for a Palestinian nationalist movement that will continue marching forward against all enemies and oppressors until the people of Palestine are finally free.
One way that the Palestinian people fight against the Israeli occupation is through throwing rocks and stones at Israeli forces when they are on missions or patrolling Palestinian areas. Young children to old folks stand united in showing the Israeli imperialists that they are not welcome in Palestine, with stones being their voice.
This resistance might seem small, but psychologically it empowers the Palestinians and lets the Zionists know that they are not welcome and their occupation is hated by the majority of the Palestinian folk. This is why the Israelis decided that to move to crush the Palestinian nationalist movement and their desire to freedom.
They must silence any and all opposition to their occupation, no matter how weak or small.
The Israeli Knesset has passed a new law that is calling for twenty years in prison for Palestinians who throw stones at Israeli occupying forces. Punishments for throwing stones range from five years for throwing rocks at police patrol cars to the maximum sentence of twenty years, not for injuring one of the “Chosen” but for simply attempting to “cause harm.” The punishment for throwing rocks seems insane when one considers that the charges are not based around property damage or any harm coming to Israeli military, police or civilians, simply the intent by an occupied people to take a small stand against an immoral seizure of their land and persecution of their culture and people.
The likelihood of actually hurting heavily armed Israeli police or paramilitary illegal settlers by throwing rocks is minimal, but in the Jewish mind, justice stops when a Gentile might cause a single hair to be put out of place on a Jewish head.
Over the course of decades of occupation, less than two dozen Israelis have alleged to have been killed by Palestinian stone throwing, on the flip-side in 2014 alone “Israel’s activities in the Gaza Strip, West Bank and East Jerusalem resulted in the deaths of 2,314 Palestinians and 17,125 injuries.”
The conflict in Gaza is so severely lopsided between Palestinians and Israelis in regards to injuries, deaths, property destruction, and infrastructure damage that it would be laughable if the situation were not so tragic when Zionist controlled Fox News pundits come on American media and cry about the “poor Israelis” while thousands of grieving Palestinian parents have to bury their children after their schools, homes and streets are bombed without care or concern for civilian lives.
Human Rights Watch has said that “Israel’s repeated firing of white phosphorus shells over densely populated areas of Gaza during its recent military campaign was indiscriminate and is evidence of war crimes.” White Phosphorus is banned by international law, but that doesn’t stop America from supplying it to the Israeli regime for repeated use against purely civilian targets.
The occupation of Palestine is so repressive that the only power plant functioning in Gaza can barely provide any power to the hospitals, schools, police stations, businesses, and homes of the Palestinians. These are not conveniences or luxuries that the Palestinians are being denied. Electricity is needed to run operating rooms for surgeries, refrigerate food, and pump clean water for the populace. Israel is not just trying to inconvenience the Palestinians, they are trying to wipe them off the face of the Earth with a methodical genocidal plan.
The Middle East Monitor reported that,
“Gaza is blockaded and controlled by both the Israeli occupation and Egypt. Both impose severe restrictions on the movement of people and all kinds of goods, including fuel for the electricity plant. Gaza needs 400 megawatts of electricity per day but is currently producing only around 212. The electricity plant in Gaza produces 60 megawatts a day, which is supplemented by the 120 megawatts the energy authority buys from Israel and the 32 megawatts it buys from Egypt.”
This blockade on purely humanitarian products directly impacts the everyday lives of Palestinian civilians but Israel continues its blockade of Gaza even though it has been repeatedly condemned by the international community.
A United Nations inquiry into the 2014 Gaza war has accused Israeli and Palestinian factions of multiple potential violations of international law including suspected war crimes. A 63 page report that was sent to the International Criminal Court by Palestinians and experts from multiple nations noted that “Neither facts nor law support Israel’s self-defense claim regarding its 2014 assault on Gaza,”
The head of a UN committee said “The extent of the devastation and human suffering in Gaza was unprecedented and will impact generations to come,” and that is just one of the many attacks levied against the Palestinians. The United States of course has stepped up to say that Israel will never face an international criminal court, no matter how many laws they break or innocent people the Israelis kill.
The United States voted against a measure calling for “ensuring accountability and justice for all violations of international law in” the Occupied Palestinian Territories” during the 29th regular session of the Human Rights Council this year. International criminal law can be used for enemies of America, but if the Jews are ever called to answer for their barbarism in Palestine the issue is instantly shut down by the United States.
American politicians know who butters their bread so they clap along to the Israeli propaganda and lies while an entire people is slowly but methodically eliminated from the planet. One must only look at the United States voting record in the United Nations in regards to Israel to see that truly America’s system is a Zionist Occupied Government.
Americans also cannot ignore that the weapons used against Palestinians are bought in many cases by the American taxpayer. Since the start of the Zionist regime, billions of dollars have been given to Israel in direct aid, military equipment, weapons and preferential contracts, all of this in the face of the fact that Israel has one of the largest active spy networks in America for stealing industrial, technology and military secrets.
Newsweek reported in 2014 that,
“No other country close to the United States continues to cross the line on espionage like the Israelis do,’ said a former congressional staffer who attended another classified briefing in late 2013, one of several in recent months given by officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the State Department, the FBI and the National Counterintelligence Directorate. “
A separate Newsweek story noted that,
“Despite strident denials this week by Israeli officials, Israel has been caught carrying out aggressive espionage operations against American targets for decades, according to U.S. intelligence officials and congressional sources. And they still do it. They just don’t get arrested very often.”
The nation of Israel treats every non-Jewish nation, no matter how well controlled through either direct pressure or financial bribery, as an enemy.
American taxpayers are deceived on how much of their money goes directly to Israel to be used in their genocidal mission. A 2014 report by the Congressional Research Service noted just a few of the programs American taxpayers foot the bill for in Israel. These programs include:
“$3.1 billion in FY2015 funding, the Obama Administration also requested $96.8 million for joint US-Israeli programs and $175.9 million for Iron Dome.
The U.S. has also assisted with the development of Israel’s David’s Sling long-range missile defense system, and since 1990, has contributed $2.365 billion to the Arrow Anti-Missile System, just under half of the program’s total cost.
U.S. support isn’t limited to monetary gestures either. In 2008, the U.S. began the deployment of the X-Band Radar system on Israeli soil; an operation that remains U.S. owned and is staffed by U.S. troops.
The U.S. Defense Department also stores military supplies on Israeli bases. The value of the U.S. materiel stored in Israel increased to $800 million in 2010, with Congressional approval for up to $1.2 billion.
The United States and Israel announced in 2010 that Israel will use $2.75 billion in FMF grants to purchase 19 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters.“
Coal miners, waitresses, school teachers, truck drivers, and every American who is struggling to get by is going to work every day to give money through taxes to a regime that actively spies on us, indiscriminately kills American servicemen (USS Liberty), and is committing genocide, financed by our sweat and hard-earned dollars.
Israel doesn’t even need our money and resources, given that the Palestinian people have no aircraft, tanks, or advanced weapons. The opposition to the Israeli occupation is mostly found in throwing stones at heavily armored tanks. This draconian Israeli law calling for twenty year prison sentences for stone throwers did not come out of nowhere, it was supported by Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition government and passed overwhelmingly.
The Jewish people are not content with just bombing hospitals or shepherding civilians into areas that are then subsequently bombed by Israeli artillery, but the slow grind of illness and poor nutrition is a long term plan to break the Palestinian resistance to occupation.
A US diplomatic cable revealed by WikiLeaks found Israeli diplomats outlining a plan to “keep Gaza’s economy on the brink of collapse” through stopping many types of building materials, luxury goods, food and medicine from reaching Palestinian civilians.
Director General of Pharmacy, Ashraf Abu Mahady, said the Palestinian hospital system “is now totally lacking 118 kinds of medicines (25%) and 334 kind of medical disposals (37%).” According to the report there is a “complete lack of 32% of primary care drugs, in addition to 54% of the immunological drugs and 30% of oncology drugs, ” This shortage is due almost exclusively to the Israeli blockade and is causing the death of both young and old Palestinians who otherwise would not have died of preventable illnesses and injuries.
The war to destroy the Palestinian people is one that now has been raging for decades, with Israel continually trying to break the Palestinian resistance to fight for their Homeland and for their families. Any sign of resistance is quickly attacked, from Israel shutting down Palestinian nonprofit organizations in Jerusalem that advocate for social justice to silencing television stations that celebrate Palestinian culture and identity. Palestinians are left with no option but to take to the streets in acts of civil disobedience, which includes stone throwing.
As Israel continues to push the boundaries of international law it is more than likely the Jewish people will accelerate their ethnic and cultural genocide of the Palestinians. If history teaches us anything about this conflict it is that no amount of arrests, killings or blockades will stop Palestinians from fighting back. The stones will keep flying against occupation forces as long as the illegal occupation continues because the fight for nationalism, identity, and freedom of religion will never be stopped.
To the Palestinian freedom fighters, I salute you in your struggle and one day I hope to help you confront the Zionist aggressors, standing side-by-side with you, holding a stone in my hand. Same enemy, same barricades. Long live Palestine.