At Least 23 Unarmed Palestinian Migrants Killed By Israeli PoliceClick HERE FOR THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE and you'll know why.
Posted on Friday, December 30 2005 16:35:10 PST
Israeli riot police rushed into a crowd of unarmed Palestinian migrants early this morning, killing at least 23 people, including small children, after the group refused to leave a public park it had occupied for three months hoping to pressure United Nations officials to relocate them.
The police tried for hours to persuade thousands of men, women and children to leave the small square, hosing them with water canon, surrounding them with cordons of riot police, imploring the women and children to board buses, and repeatedly warning that they would be removed forcefully.
But the crowd was desperate, having moved with all their possessions, suitcases loaded with clothing and family photographs, jewelry and kitchen wares, into what amounted to a traffic island in a middle class neighborhood. They hoped the authorities would declare them refugees and send them abroad. They had fled war-torn Palestine, but the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Tel Aviv - across from where they camped out - told them that they were not eligible for refugee status or for relocation because it was safe for them to return home.
When the police charged, women and children tried to huddle together, and to hide under blankets as some men grabbed for anything - tree limbs, metal bars - struggling to fight back, witnesses said. The police hesitated, then rushed in with full force, trampling over people and dragging the Palestinians off to waiting buses, the witnesses said. Some people were trampled.
"They started hitting our heads with the sticks and dragging us," said Adel Abu Islam, a leader of the group, speaking on a cell phone from a police camp where he and others had been taken. "They dragged me when I was trying to help a woman who fainted to stand up. They dragged me and I was stepping over the old people and women and children. I was screaming and trying to step away, but could not."
By nightfall, Jossi Katzenstein, head of the area's emergency department, said there were 23 dead, 7 of them children, 8 elderly, and 7 more women. Human rights organizations said that others died after being taken to police camps and being denied immediate access to health care.
Got you fooled? Neener neener... you are STUPID dear reader! You ought to have known in the first place that the UN is a far cry from EVER doing that to "Palestinians". Remember? Under UNRWA's operational definition, Palestine refugees are persons whose normal place of residence was Palestine between June 1946 and May 1948, who lost both their homes and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict. UNRWA's definition of a refugee also covers the descendants of persons who became refugees in 1948. The number of Palestine refugees has in the meantime grown from 914,000 in 1950 to more than four million in 2002 and is, due to biological reasons, still rising. Never mind that considering descendants of refugees to be refugees themselves is nowhere else practised, not even in the case of the more than 500,000 Jewish refugees from Arab countries who came to Israel after 1948 and their descendants. Never mind, too, that the UN definition contradicts international law, under which descendants of refugees are NOT considered refugees.
Obviously, there are refugees and ...refugees.
Why is that?