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Israel's Permanent War on Palestine

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Israel's Permanent War on Palestine - by Stephen Lendman


The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) provides weekly snapshots of Israeli killings, targeted assassinations, arrests, home demolitions, destroyed farmland, assaults on peaceful protesters, community incursions, home invasions, and more besides full-scale attacks at its discretion - a decades-long onslaught against 1.5 million Gazans and over 2.5 million West Bank and East Jerusalem Palestinians.


On May 11, a recent assault occurred in the West Bank's Lubban Al-Sharqiya village when settlers attacked a local mosque, set it ablaze and gutted it. Israeli fire-fighters blamed it on an electrical short-circuit, later investigations showing arson was responsible, what Palestinians knew all along.


A village spokesperson said the mosque was undergoing renovations, its electricity turned off in the section where the fire broke out. Other villagers heard cars arrive around 3AM and saw settlers entering the mosque. They tore down curtains to start the blaze, stacked Qurans next to a bathroom, and arranged shoes on the pile in the shape of a Star of David to desecrate them and the mosque.


Besides security force assaults, attacks like this happen often against Palestinian homes, businesses, vehicles, farmland, and livestock - even children on their way to school. Rarely are charges ever brought, giving settlers license to commit crimes with impunity, including cold blooded murder.


Other Recent Attacks


On April 1, Israeli jets struck Gaza's Maghazi refugee camp and Palestinian businesses, including two cheese factories, claiming they were making weapons - the same justification Israel uses for other aggression, including saying it's in retaliation for homemade rockets fired, done only in response to repeated Israeli attacks, mostly against civilians, including farmers in their fields and fishermen in their own waters.


A May 5 PCHR report titled, "Israeli Attacks on Palestinian Fishermen in Gaza" documented the January through April toll, the result of 19 IDF attacks on them during the period - nine in February, six in March, and four in April, all unprovoked against civilians. They occurred as follows, similar to others:


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