Live Blog | Israeli soldiers roughen up EU diplomat, confiscate aid supplies for Palestinians (Updated with Video)


While mainstream media goes in an immediate buzz whenever some Israeli ‘diplomat’ or official has received a cold welcome somewhere around the world, the same media silences Israel’s assaults on political and diplomatic figures. Systematically.

The article below also shows, Israel’s army shows not even a sign of embarrassement – knowing a Reuters-crew present – continues it’s raid, assaults and loots the cargo.

Aside from the assault as described in the article below, Israel has previously assaulted or (even literally) kicked diplomats and their diplomatic rights with feet, up to the point that these violations already have cost lives of one of the wives of a UK diplomat. (More here, here, here and here)

Furthermore Israel attacked a location housing the French council to Gaza during the November 2011 attacks on Gaza causing his pregnant wife to suffer a miscarriage



French diplomat Marion Castaing lays on the ground after Israeli soldiers carried her out of her truck containing emergency aid, in the West Bank herding community of Khirbet al-Makhul, in the Jordan Valley September 20, 2013. Israeli soldiers manhandled European diplomats, including Castaing, on Friday and seized the truck full of tents and emergency aid they had been trying to deliver to Palestinians whose homes were demolished earlier this week. REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini

French diplomat Marion Castaing lays on the ground after Israeli soldiers carried her out of her truck containing emergency aid, in the West Bank herding community of Khirbet al-Makhul, in the Jordan Valley September 20, 2013. Israeli soldiers manhandled European diplomats, including Castaing, on Friday and seized the truck full of tents and emergency aid they had been trying to deliver to Palestinians whose homes were demolished earlier this week. REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini

A shocking report with the video (as below) of the assault at PressTV


Of course the video was removed again at Youtube. Likely caused by the lobbyists who already caused Youtube to censor PressTV for bringing too much reality and facts in media. One of the many examples of Israel’s war on Truth. A download of the video as published by PressTV can be watched below;



Alternate link to the video here

Israeli soldiers manhandled European diplomats on Friday and seized a truck full of tents and emergency aid they had been trying to deliver to Palestinians whose homes were demolished this week.

A Reuters reporter saw soldiers throw sound grenades at a group of diplomats, aid workers and locals in the occupied West Bank, and yank a French diplomat out of the truck before driving away with its contents.

“They dragged me out of the truck and forced me to the ground with no regard for my diplomatic immunity,” French diplomat Marion Castaing said.

“This is how international law is being respected here,” she said, covered with dust.

The Israeli army and police declined to comment.

Locals said Khirbet al-Makhul was home to about 120 people. The army demolished their houses, stables and a kindergarten on Monday after Israel’s high court ruled that they did not have proper building permits.

Despite losing their property, the inhabitants have refused to leave the land, where they say their families have lived for generations along with their flocks of sheep.

Israeli soldiers stopped the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delivering emergency aid on Tuesday and on Wednesday IRCS staff managed to put up some tents but the army forced them to take the shelters down.

Diplomats from France, Britain, Spain, Ireland, Australia and the European Union’s political office, turned up on Friday with more supplies. As soon as they arrived, about a dozen Israeli army jeeps converged on them, and soldiers told them not to unload their truck.

“It’s shocking and outrageous. We will report these actions to our governments,” said one EU diplomat, who declined to be named because he did not have authorization to talk to the media.

“(Our presence here) is a clear matter of international humanitarian law. By the Geneva Convention, an occupying power needs to see to the needs of people under occupation. These people aren’t being protected,” he said.

In scuffles between soldiers and locals, several villagers were detained and an elderly Palestinian man fainted and was taken for medical treatment.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement that Makhul was the third Bedouin community to be demolished by the Israelis in the West Bank and adjacent Jerusalem municipality since August.

Palestinians have accused the Israeli authorities of progressively taking their historical grazing lands, either earmarking it for military use or handing it over to the Israelis whose settlements dot the West Bank.

Israeli forces regularly demolish Palestinian homes, claiming they do not have the proper construction permits. However, the Israeli government regularly announces the expansion of settlements, which are considered illegal under international law.

Israelis and Palestinians resumed direct peace talks last month after a three-year hiatus. Palestinian officials have expressed serious doubts about the prospects of a breakthrough.

“What the Israelis are doing is not helpful to the negotiations. Under any circumstances, talks or not, they’re obligated to respect international law,” the unnamed EU diplomat said.

(Reuters, Al-Akhbar)

972 Magazine has an exclusive photo: French diplomat at feet of Israeli troops

A picture, below, taken by an eyewitness at the scene (who wishes to remain anonymous) and sent to The National correspondent Hugh Naylor shows Castaing lying at the feet of armed troops. Judging by the uniform, the troops belong to the paramilitary Border Police, which handles much of the grunt jobs of the occupation. It is not clear from the picture whether the policeman in the frame is aiming the rifle at the detained diplomat, or merely holding it at his side.

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read more at +972 Magazine

Related News

  • Sept 20, 2013 | Israeli forces manhandle E.U. diplomats, seize West Bank aidReuters
  • Sept 20, 2013 | EU diplomats manhandled by Israeli troops in West Bank – Russia Today
  • Sept 20, 2013 | Israeli soldiers violently attack EU diplomats after destroying Palestinian homes, kindergarten – Electronic Intifada
  • Sept 20, 2013 19:58 | Clashes break out in demolished village of Makhoul – Ma’an news Agency
  • Sept 21, 2013 | VIDEO | Israel troops use force to disperse group of EU diplomats – PressTV
  • Sept 21, 2013 | Ashrawi slams ‘brutal attack’ on diplomats in Jordan Valley – Ma’an
  • Sept 21, 2013 | Brussels wants answers from Israel over aid – Ma’an
  • Sept 21, 2013 | EU demands Israel explain seizure of Palestinian aid – Al Akhbar
  • Sept 22, 2013 | Israeli Forces Attack EU Diplomats ~ by Stephen Lendman
  • Sept 22, 2013 | Israel rejects EU criticism of Palestinian aid seizure – Reuters
  • Sept 22, 2013 | ACT! Solidarity visit with Khirbet Makhoul – AIC News Action Alert
  • Sept 22, 2013 | Two days after aggressing EU diplomats, Israel describes them as provocateurs – Middle East Online
  • Sept 22, 2013 | Impunity growing with the minute:
    Israel considering banishment of French diplomat – Al Bawaba



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