31 July 2008

Cameras as Weapons (2)

When Barack Obama visited Israel recently he rightly denounced the violence with which Israeli's live on a daily basis. There is no excuse for Palestinian workers to use construction machinery as weapons against Israeli civilians.

Like most Americans, though, Obama neglected another dimension of the violence in the region. About a month ago I posted on how human rights and peace activists from B'Tselem distribute cameras to Palestinians so they can document the violence perpetrated against them on a regular basis by Israeli settlers, the police, and the IDF. In The Guardian yesterday you can find this video which is a follow-up on this story; the reports detail how an IDF officer shot (point blank) a bound and blindfolded Palestinian man in the foot. The video was taken by young a Palestinian woman. But there are other videos too, also shot by Palestinians, showing harassment and violence meted out by Israeli settlers.

There is no excuse for this variety of violence either. Barack?
Update: Not only are settler attacks on Palestinians frequent, indeed systematic, they occur with impunity. Here are a report and and editorial from Ha'aretz earlier this month documenting and criticizing the pathetically low rate of prosecutions in these attacks. Of course, many of the settlers are residents of illegal settlements about which the Israeli government has done very little.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could you at least spell his name correctly?

31 July, 2008 10:06  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...

Anon, You must've read the post in the 15-20 seconds between when I uploaded it and when I noticed and corrected the typo. Here is a question in reply: Do you consistently operate this far to the right of the decimal point? Just wondering.

31 July, 2008 10:54  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't a clue as to what the hell you are talking about. "Right of the decimal point?" Are you being purposefully obtuse?

01 August, 2008 10:32  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...

Anon, I am sorry to have confused you! It is simple really; numbers get increasingly small and insignificant as you move to the right of the decimal point. Sort of like focusing whether I temporarily mis-spelled someone's name instead of the actual substance of the post. So what I was asking is whether you always focus on the insignificant.

01 August, 2008 10:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um, I guess if spelling the name of a presidential candidate correctly is focusing on the insignificant...then, yes?

And you didn't confuse me, your statement was purposefully bizarre. Potato inbox chavez sleep.

04 August, 2008 18:59  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...

Bizarre? Not really, just another way of saying "insignificant" - nearly anyone who's taken math past 3rd grade or so would get the point. And if it didn't confuse you, your subsequent yacking is really a waste of time.

I'm really, really sorry that I offended you by spelling the Obama's name incorrectly and then fixed it almost immediately.
I'm even sorrier that he has become such a sorry candidate.

04 August, 2008 20:22  

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