Palestinians Cannot Be Silenced

A statement from a Palestinian body, the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee ~ 11 October 2015. It was submitted to TPQ by Steven Katsineris.

We the people have a voice, that neither the Israeli government, Zionist entities, nor members of the international community complicit with Israel's crimes against Palestinians, can ever silence.

Hundreds of Palestinians were injured in the past ten days, around 450 arrests from all over the West Bank were reported. Israeli settlers and occupation forces have murdered 17 Palestinians since the beginning of October 2015, including 5 children, eleven year old Abdelrahman Ebeidallah, fifteen year old Muhamad Hisham, sixteen year old Is-haq Badran, seventeen year old Amjad Hatem, and Huthayfa Sulayman age eighteen.

The roads are not safe for Palestinians. The settlers are armed with guns, knives, stones, and the support of the occupation forces -one of the most heavily armed militaries in the world - ready to shoot and kill Palestinians on our own land.

Jerusalemites do not feel safe walking in the streets. In the last week alone Palestinian women were beaten and thrown on the ground by Israeli settlers in the Old City of Jerusalem, and at least one instance of this was captured on video.

The Israeli occupation forces not only protect the settlers and their illegal attacks on Palestinians, they also use various types of rubber and live bullets to maim Palestinians. In the last several days of attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank, the injuries seen at Ramallah Hospital's Emergency Room are on the arms, chests, and heads of Palestinian journalists, frontline defenders and youth- these injuries indicates that the barrel of Israeli guns are aiming to kill.

Undercover occupation agents, the "mustaribeen", with kaffiyahs covering their faces and wearing t-shirts tucked out of their pants to hide their guns, infiltrated a march held by students from Birzeit University. The mustaribeen got close to the Palestinian protesters and kidnapped three of the young men, after shooting at them from a point of zero distance. Till this moment no one knows the destiny of the three kidnapped young men, but there is an assumption of death of at least one of them, according to eye witnesses.

Israeli settlers and occupation forces should be held accountable for their actions against the Palestinian people. The settlers, the army that serves them and and the occupation within which they exist are all currently protected by international impunity, regardless of the fact that the existence of Israeli settlers within the 1967 borders is illegal under international law. We call on the international community to organise demonstrations, and to take serious actions to support the international BDS campaign against Israel, and to put pressure on their governments to take actions against the Israeli government and settlers' violations.

At this time Palestinian children, men, youth and women are all united in resisting the occupation, risking their lives in face to face encounters with the occupation army, demonstrating in Gaza City, Jerusalem, Haifa, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Yaffa, and Hebron. United from all over Palestine.

As long as the occupation continues, we will keep resisting for a life of freedom and dignity.

We the people need to scream out for Muhanad Halabi's family, who are threatened to have their house demolished at any minute, after having their son murdered. And it is not only Muhanad's family who are mourning, thousands of people across Palestine are grieving the loss of loved ones murdered by the occupation.

We the people have a voice, that neither the Israeli government, Zionist entities, nor members of the international community complicit with Israel's crimes against Palestinians, can ever silence.

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Anthony McIntyre

Former IRA prisoner, spent 18 years in Long Kesh. Free Speech advocate, writer, historian, humanist, and researcher.

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