Israel kills again and sloppily covers it up.

Just uncovering works of darkness. Anyone figure out yet that Israel is not the type of people we ought to be giving 3 billion dollars a year in military aid to?

The congresswoman who oversees US aid to Israel told The Jerusalem Post Thursday that the ongoing dispute between the countries would in no way harm assistance to the Jewish state.

“There is no question in my mind that the 10-year memorandum of understanding is solid,” Nita Lowey, chairwoman of the US House appropriations subcommittee on foreign operations, said of the decade-long US aid plan under which $3 billion will be going to Israel this year. “There is strong bipartisan support for Israel in the Congress that will not falter.”

Apparently getting upset with Israel hasn’t occurred to 300 congressmen and women:

Nearly 300 members of Congress have signed on to a declaration reaffirming their commitment to “the unbreakable bond that exists between [U.S.] and the State of Israel”, in a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Maybe they should read my blog once in a while. They would read to many accounts like the following:

“This is not the first time that Israeli security forces have shot to kill when their lives have been in no danger. We have recorded many such incidents,” says Shawan Jabarin from the Palestinian human rights organization Al-Haq in Ramallah.

“There seems to be a deliberate policy often to kill following the smallest provocation. Palestinian life is cheap for the Israelis,” Jabarin told IPS.

According to eye-witnesses and paramedics following a possible verbal altercation with the soldiers Faraj was shot seven times in the course of an hour even as he lay on the ground seriously wounded and barely able to move.

The witnesses further claim that not only did the Israeli soldiers fail to arrest Faraj but they deliberately framed him by taking a knife from a nearby military jeep and threw it on the ground next to the dying man after they had shot him. They then took photographs for “evidence.”

Paramedics from the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) also state that when they tried to evacuate the critically injured man to hospital they were held up at gunpoint by Israeli soldiers.

The hospital the paramedics were trying to reach was only a few hundred meters away from where the shooting took place. Time was of the essence as Faraj had lost copious amounts of blood.

One of the paramedics, Eid Abu Munshar, told Israeli human rights group B’Tselem that one of the Israeli soldiers entered the ambulance and pulled the intravenous drip from Fayez’s arm.

Later an Israeli officer ordered Faraj to be transferred to an Israeli army jeep. He was then placed in an intensive care ambulance where he waited another critical half an hour.

None of these subsequent details made media headlines with the exception of the investigative journalist Gideon Levy from the Israeli daily Haaretz who decided to investigate further.

This guy must be a terrorist right? For the IDF to be killing him and all?

After speaking to Faraj’s employers and family he established that Faraj had little motivation to carry out a stabbing attack.

He was one of the few Palestinians in possession of a security permit to both enter Israel and sleep overnight something that a Palestinian deemed a security risk by the Israeli military would never have.

Faraj had been employed by the same Israeli company for 15 years in Tel Aviv where he worked as a shoemaker and was described as a happy guy. He had Israeli friends, spoke Hebrew fluently and was economically well off.

He was not an Islamic ideologue and as his brother explained to Levy if Faraj had wanted to attack Israelis he had plenty of chances to do so in Tel Aviv.

Isaiah 59:

3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.

4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.

5 They hatch cockatrice’ eggs, and weave the spider’s web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.

6 Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.

7 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.

8 The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.


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