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Palestine: Workers beaten without mercy, “Israeli” Minister: ’ I’ve killed lots of Arabs in my life…’ & 5000 new units

Video shows Israeli soldier beating Palestinian workers “without mercy”

by Ali Abunimah, EI

Video broadcast by Israel’s Channel 10 shows an Israeli soldier launching a brutal, unprovoked attack on several Palestinian workers.

Michael Gershkowitz of the Israeli army’s Kfir brigade, “attacked a group of Palestinian workers beating three over them over and over again without mercy using his M-16 rifle,” Channel 10 said in a Hebrew-language report on Tuesday.

The horrifying incident occurred in April 2009 outside the Israeli Jewish-only settlement of Petzael in the occupied West Bank’s Jordan Valley, where the workers were waiting for their employers, but the shocking footage has only just been made public.

The surveillance camera video shows Gershkowitz, who was off-duty at the time, pulled his army-issued rifle from the trunk of his car, called one of the workers over, and then attacked him repeatedly for no reason. At one point, Gershkowitz forced the worker into the car and beat him inside it.

“Unbridled violence”

“He kicked him all over the body with no mercy until he fell,” Channel 10 said. Other workers came over and tried to calm the attacker, the report said, but Gershkowitz attacked and tried to beat them too.

Gershkowitz only stopped his “unbridled violence” several minutes later when a friend showed up and they fled the scene.

The worker who was most severly beaten, and who was not named in the report, lost eight teeth, according to his lawyer Lea Tsemel. Tsemel said the attack was like something from the movie Clockwork Orange.

Gershkowitz’s lawyer Avi Baram claimed his client had “wept” when he saw the footage. At trial, Gershkowitz received a token sentence of two months imprisonment and four months of community service.

Impunity

While violence against Palestinians and their property by Israeli occupation soldiers and settlers is routine, accountability is almost nonexistent. In the rare situations when a case comes to trial, the punishments, as in this one, are risibly light.

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“Israeli” Minister: ’I’ve Killed Lots Of Arabs In My Life And There’s No Problem With That’

Al Ahed news

972 Magazine reports a member of “Israel’s” cabinet, minister of Industry, Trade and Labor and Jewish Home Party leader Naftali Bennett, has declared his backing for simply killing Palestinian prisoners, rather than bringing them to trial.

“If you catch terrorists, you have to simply kill them,” Bennett said meaning Palestinians, according to a report in the Hebrew-language print edition of Yedioth Ahronoth.

Bennett said, “I’ve killed lots of Arabs in my life – and there’s no problem with that.”

On Sunday, “Israel” announced it would release 104 Palestinian prisoners, a key caveat in the John Kerry-brokered plan to renew peace talks.

But according to the 972 report, Bennett could not have disagreed more, proposing during Sunday’s cabinet meeting another way to deal with prisoners.

A former IDF officer, the right-wing Bennett briefly joined protesters against the decision to release prisoners before attending Sunday’s cabinet meeting.

Peace talks are scheduled to begin in Washington on Monday.

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5000 New Settling Units to Save Bibi’s Coalition

Al Ahed news

Maariv “Israeli” daily reported Wednesday that the Zionist entity’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu promised the “Bayit Yehudi” party to approve construction of about 5,000 settling units in Occupied al-Quds, and West Bank , in exchange for the party’s acquiescence regarding the release of 104 Palestinian detainees.

The newspaper said that contacts regarding the deal, which has not been finalized, have been carried out by “Israeli” Settling Minister Uri Ariel and Netanyahu, by means of letters they have been writing and handing to each other personally, in order to preserve secrecy.

“Senior sources in Bayit Yehudi” who apparently decided to break that secrecy said that approvals for 1,000 settling units are expected soon, and that approvals for another 3,500 to 4,500 units are expected in the coming months.

The party’s Knesset members were reportedly asked, in the faction meeting Monday, not to issue threats about possibly bolting the Coalition, because of the deal.
“The test will be if Netanyahu does not live up to the agreements on construction in the next few months,” party sources were quoted as saying.

“That is what we will look at, and that is the only thing we will base our decisions on in the future.”
Maariv quoted reactions from Ariel and the “Bayit Yehudi” that did not deny the existence of these agreements. It said that Netanyahu chose not to respond to questions on the matter.

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Jewish settlers attack construction workers

NABLUS, (PIC)– Jewish settlers attacked construction workers in Assira Al-Qabaliya village, south of Nablus, on Wednesday morning.

Ghassan Daghlas, an anti-settlement activist, said that the settlers threw stones on the workers, who responded likewise.

Meanwhile, violent confrontations were reported in Beita village, also south of Nablus, after Israeli occupation forces raided it on Tuesday night.

Local sources said that IOF soldiers in ten armored vehicles stormed the village shortly after midnight and set up a roadblock west of the village and searched all passing vehicles.

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