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Atonement: Not in Israel's Vocabulary

Israel represses Palestinians viciously while it "atones."

by Stephen Lendman

Yom Kippur is considered the holiest of Jewish holidays. It occurs on the 10th day of the month of Tishrei (Hebrew year 5773). 

September 17 marked the new year (Rosh HaShanah). Ten days of repentance began. They culminated on Yom Kippur.

It's traditionally observed by 25 hours of fasting, prayers for forgiveness, and abstaining from work, school, and physical pleasures.

On September 25, Yom Kippur 2012 began at sundown. On September 26, it ended at sunset.

Atonement excludes penance for occupation harshness. Crimes of war and against humanity remain out of sight and mind. Few rabbis discuss them. Media scoundrels ignore them. Decades of Palestinian suffering go unmentioned. More on that below.

Ahead of Yom Kippur, Israel announced a 48-hour lockdown. The West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza were affected. Border crossings were closed. Normal activities were interrupted or suspended. Life in Occupied Palestine excludes normality.

On September 25, Haaretz headlined "Israel comes to a halt for Yom Kippur," saying:

Jews began observing the holiest day of the Hebrew calendar. Israeli security forces and emergency service were on high alert. Patrols were beefed up in cities, around synagogues, and other strategic locations.

IDF doublespeak said it would "continue to defend the citizens of Israel, whole taking into consideration the Palestinians' quality of life."

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) reports weekly on how Israel shows "consideration (for) the Palestinians' quality of life."

For the week ending September 19, Israeli soldiers extrajudically murdered two Palestinians and wounded another. They confronted a peaceful West Bank protest violently. 

A child and human rights defender were wounded. Dozens of demonstrators suffered from tear gas inhalation.

Twenty-three incursions into West Bank Palestinian communities occurred. Three more targeted Gaza. On average it was four a day. It was a light week. Others average seven or more daily.

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