More naked truth from Gaza

8 Dec

The Daily Mail caption reads: “Footage shared by Israeli media appears to show IDF troops rounding up scores of men and transporting them on the back of trucks”

Following my last post but one, here’s a little more on those delightful Israeli Defence Forces and their penchant for stripping Palestinians of their land, their rights and, yes, their clothes.

Here, just yesterday and auto-translated from Arabic, is Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor documented the arrest by the Israeli army of dozens of Palestinian civilians after severely abusing them and stripping them completely naked after they were besieged a few days ago inside two shelters in the town of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip.

The Euro-Med Monitor received reports that Israeli forces launched random and arbitrary arrest campaigns against displaced people, including doctors, academics, journalists and the elderly, from inside the schools of Khalifa bin Zayed and New Aleppo, both of which are affiliated with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

The sister of journalist Diaa al-Kahlout told Euro-Med Monitor that Israeli forces forced him to leave his disabled child, Nada, 7, and then arrest him at gunpoint, stripping him naked like all detainees and beating them severely.

Mohammed al-Kahlout said that Israeli forces burned several houses in the Mashrou’ Beit Lahiya area and launched random arrest campaigns against the remaining residents after beating them after besieging them inside shelters and a number of houses.

The arrests took place after a brutal raid on residential homes and the removal of everyone under arms, including the elderly, as Euro-Med Monitor documented the arrest of Khalil Hashem Al-Kahlout (65 years old), Rafiq Ahmed Al-Kahlout (60 years old) and Mohammed Ismail Al-Kahlout (57 years old).

At the same time, Euro-Med Monitor documented cases of sniping and direct killing carried out by the Israeli army against displaced people in the vicinity of the two mentioned schools and targeting IDPs who try to get out despite the fact that they are raising white flags.

Mohammed al-Rai told Euro-Med Monitor that he witnessed Israeli forces shooting at least seven young men and killing them in separate cases for being reluctant to undress and responding to army orders based on humiliation and humiliation.

Accordingly, the Euro-Med Monitor calls for an urgent investigation into the violations of the Israeli army against civilians, and the United Nations to assume its responsibilities in urgent action to rescue the displaced and provide safe passage for their exit.

The value of enforced nudity in the degradation of “human animals” is not lost on the occupying power in question, but steel city scribe has been unable to determine who, on this particular, is the teacher and who the student in said occupier’s relationship with its underwriter in chief.


SAME DAY UPDATE. Today on Middle East Eye:

Far-right deputy mayor of Jerusalem describes arrested Palestinians in Gaza as ‘subhuman’ and invokes biblical reference

The deputy mayor of Jerusalem, Aryeh Yitzhak King, has called for the Israeli army to bury alive hundreds of Palestinian civilians captured in Gaza. 

In a post on X on Friday, King, a far-right politician, said the Israeli army was eliminating “Muslim Nazis” in Gaza and suggested it needed to pick up the pace. 

The post made specific reference to footage published by the Israeli army showing captured Palestinians stripped to their underwear, kneeling on the ground and being guarded by Israeli soldiers.

King, in his post that has since been deleted for violating rules on X, said: “If it were up to me, I would have dispatched D-9 bulldozers and put them behind the mounds of dirt and would have given the order to cover all these hundreds of ants, while they’re still alive.”

The men are thought to have been arrested in Beit Lahia, in the far north of the Gaza Strip.

Israel said they were Hamas members, however it provided no evidence for the claim which could not be independently verified. 

Diaa al-Kahlout, a well-known journalist at al-Araby al-Jadeed, was identified by local media as among those being held.

“They aren’t human beings and not human animals. They’re subhuman and that’s how they should be treated,” King said, adding “Eradicate the memory of Amalek, and never forget.”

Amalek is in reference to a biblical verse, which has also been referenced recently by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calling for the extermination of every man, woman and child, and their livestock, belonging to an ancient enemy of the Jewish people. 

Several far-right Israelis and ultranationalists have in the past referred to Palestinians as modern-day Amalekites, in what commentators have deemed as genocidal language used to justify the killing of Palestinians.

As the deputy mayor, King administers all of the territory within Israel’s Jerusalem municipality, which includes occupied East Jerusalem and almost 400,000 Palestinians. 

More than 17,000 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed by Israeli attacks since the war began two months ago. Most of the dead are women and children. 

The bombing campaign followed Hamas’s attack on southern Israeli communities on 7 October, which killed around 1,200 Israelis, most of whom were civilians.

For more where this came from, see “Gaza should be wiped clean with bombs”.

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6 Replies to “More naked truth from Gaza

  1. What the Israeli land occupier is doing and has been doing for a very long time is despicable and inhumane. Not that I seriously believe anymore in any true human justice taking place on planet Earth, but I’m still expecting a very heavy price to be paid by these zionist aka nazi rulers. Even if jews aren’t the true perpetrators of these crimes, the state that abusively claims to represent them, must pay for this horror which everyone in the world is witnessing every single day.

    • I’m troubled by that “even if the Jews …” It’s at best redundant and at worst flirts with an anti-Semitism I know, from our shared past with Andrew Cohen – and endorsements of such as Norman Finkelstein – that you are above such racism.

        • No offence taken Alain. It’s just me wanting to clarify that the Jewish identity of those doing these horrifying crimes is beside the point. British, French and US soldiers have all done likewise. Not because their skins were of lighter hue than those of their victims but because this is what occupying powers do, drunk on power inflamed by rage when those they oppress fight back.

  2. ..the state that abusively claims to represent them, must pay for this horror which everyone in the world is witnessing every single day.

    And that would include the United Kingdom and the United States as well as Canada and all the others merrily pouring whips, scorpions and more advanced munitions over to the occupiers of Palestine.

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