February 19, 2013
I guess that this is what occupation of the Palestinian lands looks like. It is what Israeli military control over the Palestinian civilian population looks like in that it embodies the idea that Palestinian children are targets. They are.
The above photos was published on the Instragram account of an 20 year old Israeli soldier Mor Ostrovski. The account has since been deleted.
Of course, the pro-Israeli commentators would deny the word that the Palestinian territory is currently under Israeli occupation. They hold, contrary to international law, that this is an “empty” land, over which now the “two sides” are struggling. The occupied Palestinian West Bank, with all its illegal Israeli settlements, Jewish-only roads, Israeli checkpoints, Israeli military incursions and Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes, is reduced to a territory to which two different groups are laying equally legitimate claim.
We need to remind ourselves that unquestioned support for Israel is basically unchallenged in US political debates, even though a key tenet of US policy toward Israel is opposition to settlement construction in the West Bank with the US government seeing the construction of settlements as an impediment to peace.
The debate in the public sphere is often characterized by stifling the criticisms of Israeli occupation and settlements through bullying threats and intimidation.