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Over 200 children are wrongfully imprisoned. Perhaps their crime is being too young. Another 66 have been incarcerated over 20 years. None committed crimes. No matter. They may remain in gulag hell for life. Israel calls it justice. 

Human rights groups and people who care understand decades of Israeli crimes against humanity too abusive to tolerate. Edward Said called failure to widely expose and condemn them "America's Last Taboo."

He blamed Zionist power for unspeakable abuses against an entire people. It's gone on far too long. In his book " Freedom Next Time : Resisting the Empire," Pilger referred to a "five and a half decade cover-up of Israel's oppression of the Palestinians." It's now nearly six and a half decades.

Jonathan Scott wrote about "The n-wordization of Palestine." He quoted Malcolm X asking "What do you call a Black man with a PhD? n-word." 

Things haven't improved because Washington blocks all efforts to do it. Conditions in America today are worse than Malcolm contested.

On September 19, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) headlined Occupied Lives: Nothing left to hope for." It discusses thirty-eight year old Youssef Abu Mghasib. He owns 10 dunums of Deir el Balah farmland.

It's in central Gaza. It's just beyond Israel's unilaterally imposed 300 meter buffer zone. He grows olives and vegetables. At least he did but not now. He's married with nine children. They live in his home with his mother and sister. It's about 500 meters from his farm.

On June 12, 2012, Israel lawlessly bulldozed his land. Who knows why. Israel won't say. It reflected decades of institutionalized racism. 

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Youssef recalled the horror, saying:

"I was watering plants on my farm when I heard the sound of the bulldozers and tanks. I could also hear heavy shooting. I was really scared that something would happen to me, so I ran home."  

"The bulldozers came and destroyed all of my olive trees and crushed my vegetables. My irrigation system was completely destroyed."  

"Nothing could be salvaged from the land. Then, just 4 days later, they came back with their tanks and leveled the land until all of it was finally flat."

Doing so caused irreparable financial turmoil and emotional trauma. "I felt completely destroyed when they bulldozed my farm," he explained. "I had been cultivating that land since 2001, when my father died and left it to me."  

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"It was destroyed in the Second Intifada, but I had worked very hard to plant new olive trees and put in an irrigation system. My mother had a nervous breakdown when they were bulldozing the land.  She was shouting and crying and we had to rush her to hospital.  My wife was also hysterical."

His out-of-pocket loss was about $20,000. "My land is not even within the 300 meters considered to be the buffer zone, yet it was destroyed," he added. "My irrigation pipes are now useless."  

"I used to feed my family from that land and sell the extra produce in the market. I currently have no other source of income and no other occupation. When the opportunity arises, I work on other people's farms to make a few shekels."  

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