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Palestinians: Dying to Live Free

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West Bank/East Jerusalem Palestinians are denied free movement. They're impeded by enclosed population centers, closed borders, roadblocks, checkpoints, electric fences, other barricades, curfews, Separation Wall enclosure, and expanding settlements.

Fundamental human and civil rights are denied throughout the Territories. Collective punishment is imposed. Israeli soldiers enforce occupation harshness. So do Fatah shock troops.

Neighborhood incursions terrorize and harass. Normal life is denied. Land theft occurs regularly. Bulldozed homes, dispossessed owners, and village displacements reflect institutionalized ethnic cleansing. 

Palestinians are replaced by expanding settlements, closed military areas, no-go zones, nature reserves, commercial areas, tourist sites, by-pass roads, and other exclusionary restrictions. 

Well over half the West Bank is off-limits. Israel plans stealing all parts of Judea and Sumaria it wants, including Jerusalem as its exclusive capital. At most, Palestinians will be left with isolated cantons on worthless scrubland.

Ceasefire terms will curtail for a time but won't stop neighborhood incursions, land, sea and air attacks, institutionalized violence, slow-motion genocide, targeted killings, mass arrests, torture, gulag imprisonment, and denial of vitally all rights.

Equity, justice, and fundamental fairness aren't in Israel's vocabulary. Expect crimes of war and against humanity to resume without redress. Wanting to live free in sovereign Palestine is called terrorism.

Police state repression is policy. Intolerable conditions are imposed. How many independent post-conflict assessments are necessary to stop Israeli terrorism?

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When will Washington do the right thing? Obama expressed full support for Israel's right to bomb, shell and murder with impunity. So did the entire Congress.

HR 813 and SR 599 expressed "vigorous support and unwavering commitment to the welfare, security, and survival of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state with secure borders, and recognizing and strongly supporting its right to act in its own self-defense."

Carte blanche slaughter and mass destruction with impunity passed unanimously. Not a single profile in courage supported right over wrong. Not Senators Bernie Sanders, Al Franken or Jim Webb who didn't stand for reelection. 

Not House representatives Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich, Barbara Lee, or its only Muslim member, Keith Ellison. He merely called for both sides to "show restraint."

No one expressed outrage over Israel's planned assault. No one cared that relentless terror bombing and shelling killed or injured hundreds of innocent Palestinian men, women, children, infants and the elderly.

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No one expressed angst about lost lives. Wives lost husbands. Husbands lost wives. Parents lost children. They lost siblings. Friends lost neighbors. Communities were turned upside down. Some may never recover. Others will take years.

No one asked why they were deliberately targeted. No one thought about whether gravely injured ones will survive. No one wondered how maimed for life victims will get by.

No one condemned cold-blooded Israeli slaughter and mass destruction. No one asked how Palestinians survive under siege. No one cares if they live or die.

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