Article Image

Cold-Blooded Israeli Murder

Written by Subject: Israel - Palestine
Cold-Blooded Israeli Murder

by Stephen Lendman

Israeli security forces are licensed to kill, injure and terrorize with impunity. They take full advantage.

On March 22, they murdered three Palestinians in cold blood. Israeli soldiers, Shin Bet elements, and Police anti-Terror Unit forces gunned them down.

Another victim lies critically wounded close to death. Seven others were injured. More on this below.

Israel is no democracy. Right-wing extremists run things. Non-Jews have no say. Palestinians are ruthlessly terrorized.

Colonization, apartheid, institutionalized racism and militarized occupation reflect official policy. So does police state terror.

Merriam-Webster calls it "repressive governmental control of political, economic, and social life usually by an arbitrary exercise of power by police and especially secret police in place of regular operation of administrative and judicial organs of the government according to publicly known legal procedures."

Freedom fighters call it tyranny. Palestinians call it rogue state ruthlessness. They have no control over their daily lives.

Fear is constant. So are daily crimes against humanity affecting them. Collective punishment is official Israeli policy.

Economic strangulation crushes them. Free movement and expression are denied. Fundamental rights don't exist.

Israeli ruthlessness permeates daily life. Palestine reflects open-air prison conditions. Besieged Gazans suffer most of all.

Fundamental rule of law principles don't matter. Israeli militarized rules dominate daily life. Every day is Kristallnacht in Palestine.

Land sea and air attacks, multiple daily neighborhood incursions, separation walls, checkpoints, ethnic cleansing, targeted killings, bulldozed homes, dispossessions, isolated communities, mass arrests, torture, gulag imprisonment, and denial of fundamental civil and human rights reflect official Israeli policy.

Wanting to live free in sovereign Palestine is called terrorism. Imagine being punished for praying to the wrong God.

Imagine not knowing from one day to the next if you'll live, die, stay free, or face arrest, imprisonment, torture and other forms of abuse.

Imagine unaccountable Israeli crimes. Imagine daily Palestinian suffering. Imagine an entire population being suffocated out of existence.

Imagine unemployment, underemployment, poverty, deprivation and despair. Imagine being unable to live free on your own land in your own country.

Imagine an unending cycle of violence. Imagine slow-motion genocide. Imagine Zionist ruthlessness.

Imagine dystopian hellishness. Imagine world leaders able to make a difference turning a blind eye.

Imagine the worst of all possible worlds. Imagine Washington funding Israel's killing machine generously.

Imagine both countries partnering in each other's crimes. Imagine liberation nowhere in sight.

In the week ending March 19, Israel conducted 64 lawless Palestinian community incursions. Fifty arrests followed. Seven children were targeted.

Six more Palestinians were arrested at checkpoints. One child was abducted.

Israeli forces murdered a Palestinian child southwest of Hebron. Multiple air attacks targeted Gaza. Peaceful West Bank protestors were assaulted viciously. Seven innocent victims were injured.

Fishermen at sea were attacked. Imagine criminalizing fishing. Imagine settlers allowed to attack Palestinians freely.

Imagine vandalism called OK. Imagine self-defense called terrorism. Imagine permitting what civilized societies prohibit.

On March 22, Israeli forces invaded Jenin's refugee camp. Residents were terrorized. Three were murdered in cold blood.

Another lies close to death. Seven Palestinians were wounded. Other reports said 14 with two critically wounded victims. Three arrests were made. Hamas member Hamza Abu al-Haija was targeted.

He's wrongfully charged with shootings and other crimes. He's Gamal Abu al-Haija's son. Gamal is a high-ranking West Bank Hamas member. He's imprisoned for life for wanting to live free.

Israeli forces stormed Jenin's refugee camp pre-dawn. They surrounded a Palestinian home. They demanded Hamza surrender. He refused justifiably.

Israeli forces opened fire in response. Occupants returned their own in self-defense. Palestinian deaths and injuries followed.

Hamza perished with Mahmoud Abu Zeina and Mahmoud Basin Jabarin. Al-Haija was a Hamas al-Qassam Brigades member.

Zeina was affiliated with Islamic Jihad's al-Quds Brigades. He was on an Israeli "wanted" list.

He was wrongfully accused of planning attacks on Israelis. No charges were filed. He wasn't warned of the assault that killed him.

Jabarin belonged to Fatah's al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. He committed no crimes.

A Hamas statement said al-Haija was at the home of a friend. He was identified as Hamza Ballas. Israeli forces surrounded his home.

Al-Haija barricaded himself inside. Israeli forces opened fire. An IDF spokesperson confirmed the incident. He lied claiming Hamza shot first.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon claimed the raid aimed at foiling a terror plot. He cited no evidence proving one. None existed.

He "congratulate(d) (Israeli) forces for their determined and professional activities in a complicated arena, and wishe(d) quick recuperation to the two wounded" Israelis involved.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri denounced PA officials for their "security coordination" with Israel.

He rightfully called what happened a crime. It "shamed" the PA, he added.

"We call on (PA) security forces to end security coordination with the Israeli occupation and leave the resistance to act freely," he said.

Islamic Jihad official Nafez Assem condemned Israeli killings. He denounced PA complicity against its own people. "Resistance continues," he added.

"The Palestinian people cannot tolerate this. The West Bank is boiling over because of the crimes of the Zionists," he stressed.

"The United States and Israel want to force the Palestinians and the entire region to surrender, but Gaza and the West Bank resist this," he said.

Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina issued a toothless statement. It belied his complicity. It condemned the "continuing escalation against the Palestinian people."

"We call on the US administration to move quickly to prevent a general collapse in the region," it said.

Israel's attack occurred on the tenth anniversary of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin's death. He was Hamas' spiritual leader. An Israeli air strike killed him.

Since sham peace talks began last July, Israeli forces murdered 57 Palestinians in cold blood. Nearly 900 others were injured.

Hundreds of lawless arrests were made. Police states operate this way. Israel is one of the most ruthless.

On March 4, B'Tselem headlined  "Spike in number of Palestinian civilians killed near Gaza perimeter fence," saying:

On February 28, Israeli forces shot Amneh Qdeih. "She died of a gunshot wound to her abdomen fired at her when she approached Gaza's perimeter fence."

Her relatives said she was mentally ill. She attended a family wedding in Khuza'ah. It's close to the perimeter fence in  southeastern Gaza.

She didn't return home with other family members. They searched for her. They heard gunshots. They found her body close to the perimeter fence.

Israeli extrajudicial assassinations are commonplace. They occur with disturbing regularity. Innocent victims are killed in cold blood.

Israel gets away with murder repeatedly. Rogue state ruthlessness defines official policy. Amneh lay directly across from an Israeli military watchtower.

She was fatally wounded in the abdomen. It's unclear if she died instantly or bled to death. An IDF spokesperson failed to explain why medical aid was denied her. It might have saved her life.

B'Tselem called the incident the fifth one in the last three months. Israeli forces murdered nonviolent Palestinians posing no threat. Israel claimed they were too close to the perimeter fence.

Since December 20, 2013, B'Tselem documented 55 Palestinians injured this way. Forty-three were by live fire. Rubber-coated metal bullets struck 10 others. Two victims were injured by teargas canisters. They sustained head injuries.

OCHA figures show "a sharp increase in the number of incidents in which civilian were injured by live gunfire near the Gaza perimeter fence," said B'Tselem.

Nonviolent civilians were targeted. Disingenuous IDF statements follow. Victims were inside Israel's lawlessly established (no-go) buffer zone.

Sometimes on their own land. Imagine Israel calling it off-limits. It refuses to publish its open-fire regulations given soldiers. They're licensed to kill with impunity.

Nonviolent Palestinians are fair game. Cold-blooded murder follows. It's standard Israeli practice. Palestinian lives have no value. Jewish ones alone matter.

A Final Comment

It bears repeating. America and Israel partner in each other's crimes. It's longstanding policy. A previous article said warmakers win peace prizes. Obama is Exhibit A.

On March 20, the USC Shoah Foundation's Institute for Visual History and Education as well as filmmaker Steven Spielberg will host Obama as featured speaker.

They'll do so at a "20th Anniversary for Humanity Gala." It's scheduled for May 7.

Obama wages war on humanity. He's a war criminal multiple times over. He presides over a homeland police state apparatus. He disdains civil and human rights.

Imagine honoring a world class thug. He'll receive the Ambassador for Humanity Award. It's the Institute's highest honor. Awarding it to Obama mocks its meaning.

He'll receive it "for his global efforts to protect human rights, his commitment to education and expanding educational technology, and his work advancing opportunities for all people," said the Institute.

His record is polar opposite and then some. He's beholden solely to monied interests. He spurns popular ones. His war on humanity rages. He belongs in prison, not high office.

Spielberg established the foundation years earlier. He ludicrously said Obama's "commitment to democracy and human rights has long been felt."

"As a constitutional scholar and as president, his interest in expanding justice and opportunity for all is remarkably evident."

Obama exceeds the worst of his predecessors. He spurns fundamental civil and human rights.

He mocks democratic values. Impeaching him is a national imperative. Don't expect Spielberg or the Foundation to explain.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

Visit his blog site at

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.

2 Comments in Response to

Comment by J E Andreasen
Entered on:
Hamas man killed in Jenin was 'ticking time bomb'

Military officials say IDF troops were greeted with gunfire from Hamza Abu Al-Haija, as well as dozens of armed Palestinians.

Yoav Zitun

Published: 03.22.14, 12:55 / Israel News

Hamza Abu Al-Haija, one of three Palestinians killed during an IDF raid in Jenin early Saturday, was a "ticking time bomb" who had been instructed by Hamas to commit a terror attack against settlers and IDF troops in the near future, a senior IDF official said Saturday.


An initial debriefing of the incident in Jenin showed that the IDF's Judea and Samaria Division had been closely tracing Al-Haija's movements in recent days, after a months' long manhunt for the wanted Hamas man.


  • Follow Ynetnews on Facebook and Twitter


The compound in which he was hiding was discovered Friday night inside the Jenin refugee camp. An elite Border Guard counter-terrorism unit, the Yamam, encircled the building, while a number of other IDF units secured the perimeter.


The joint operation included soldiers from the Kfir Brigade and Netzah Yehuda Battalion, a haredi unit, as well as troops from the Border Guard.


The house where the suspect was hiding (Photo: EPA)
The house where the suspect was hiding (Photo: EPA)
Scene of the operation (Photo: EPA)
Scene of the operation (Photo: EPA)


The debriefing showed that the soldiers were greeted with gunfire from Al-Haija when they entered the compound. The soldiers asked the residents to exit the building, and shot warning rounds.


Meanwhile, the terrorist continued shooting at the Israeli soldiers. Within minutes dozens of armed Palestinians came to the location and opened fire on the IDF and Border Guard troops.


Related stories:

  • Three Palestinians killed during IDF operation in Jenin
  • IDF undercover unit nabs wanted Hamas commander in West Bank
  • IDF fighting new brand of Palestinian terror


At this stage, the Yamam send an attack dog in the compound – it was shot to death by Al-Haija. After a short intermission, the Hamas man exited the house while firing at the Israeli forces. Two Yamam soldiers were lightly injured from the shooting but managed to return fire, killing the 22-year-old terrorist.


At the same time, the Israeli force was examining possibilities for extracting the wanted man, including destroying the compound he was hiding in.


"Around us was a battle between armed gunmen and perimeter security. This was not riot," emphasized a senior official in Central Command, "There could have been 15 Palestinian casualties and they all would have been killed legally and according to the rules of engagement."


The same source added that this was the reason the forces operated proportionally. He also said the two other men killed and all of the injured personnel were known terrorists.


The IDF, however, contradicted claims from Hamas that the Palestinian Authority helped the Israeli military with the operation. Security officials said it was only after the forces had surrounded the compound that Palestinian security services in the area were told to stay in their offices.


Bodies of the three Palestinians killed in the operation (Photo: AFP)
Bodies of the three Palestinians killed in the operation (Photo: AFP)


The source noted that "we are looking at the thwarting of a 'ticking time bomb' and not another arrest. The wanted man was directed by Hamas officials in Gaza, including those released in the (Gilad) Shalit deal, to commit a terror attack in the immediate future simultaneously on a settlement and on IDF forces."


The military sources added that despite the reputation of the Jenin refugee camp as a Fatah stronghold, Hamas and Islamic Jihad have built their own terror infrastructure in the camp.


The IDF's Judea and Samaria division is preparing for the funerals of the three militants killed in the operations and is expecting to manage disorderly conduct and riots in other West bank hotspots. 


"In the long-term, we see an escalation in the extent of the actions we have been accustomed to over the last few years, but at a controllable level as most of the events are organized locally or by 'lone wolf' terrorists," said the military source. 
Comment by J E Andreasen
Entered on:

Unity! Fatah, Islamic Jihad and Hamas terrorist joint funeral Today there was a large funeral in Jenin for the three terrorists killed by Israel yesterday.

[T]he soldiers were greeted with gunfire from [Hamas leader] Al-Haija when they entered the compound. The soldiers asked the residents to exit the building, and shot warning rounds.

Meanwhile, the terrorist continued shooting at the Israeli soldiers. Within minutes dozens of armed Palestinians came to the location and opened fire on the IDF and Border Guard troops.

After a short intermission, the Hamas man exited the house while firing at the Israeli forces. Two Yamam soldiers were lightly injured from the shooting but managed to return fire, killing the 22-year-old terrorist.

At the same time, a gunfight raged between the troops and armed Palestinians that arrived at the scene. Two of the armed Palestinians were killed in the fire exchange, and seven others were wounded, one critically.
The two others killed were members of Islamic Jihad and Fatah's Al Aqsa Brigades.

Here are the three terrorists united in death wearing their respective terror flags::

The funeral was attended by thousands:

And, under the noses of PA security, masked and armed terrorists were openly roaming the streets:


Join us on our Social Networks:


Share this page with your friends on your favorite social network:

Purse.IO Save on All Amazon Purchases