Comment on Israel shoots dead Palestinian teen near Hebron settlement by R. Arandas

A Palestinian teenager was shot dead by Israeli forces this morning near an illegal settlement north of occupied Hebron.

Palestinian officials identified the slain Palestinian as Hamzeh Youssif Zamaareh, 19, from the town of Halhoul north of Hebron.

The Israeli army said in a statement that a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli security guard in the Karmei Tzur settlement near Halhoul before another guard shot him dead.

The injured guard was taken to hospital and was reported as only being lightly injured.

The official Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned Wafa news agency reported that Israeli forces raided the Zamaareh family home following the incident, causing clashes to erupt with residents in the area. No injuries were reported.

Read: Israel forces shoot, kill Palestinian boy in Ramallah

Hundreds of Palestinians have been shot, detained, or killed over the past two years in alleged attempted stabbing attacks against mostly uniformed Israeli occupation forces.

Israeli forces have been widely condemned by rights groups for what have been deemed “extrajudicial killings”, in situations where alleged assailants could have been detained in a non-lethal manner.



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Re: Israel shoots dead Palestinian teen near Hebron settlement

A Palestinian teenager was shot dead by Israeli forces this morning near an illegal settlement north of occupied Hebron.

Palestinian officials identified the slain Palestinian as Hamzeh Youssif Zamaareh, 19, from the town of Halhoul north of Hebron.

The Israeli army said in a statement that a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli security guard in the Karmei Tzur settlement near Halhoul before another guard shot him dead.

The injured guard was taken to hospital and was reported as only being lightly injured.

The official Palestinian Authority (PA)-owned Wafa news agency reported that Israeli forces raided the Zamaareh family home following the incident, causing clashes to erupt with residents in the area. No injuries were reported.

Read: Israel forces shoot, kill Palestinian boy in Ramallah

Hundreds of Palestinians have been shot, detained, or killed over the past two years in alleged attempted stabbing attacks against mostly uniformed Israeli occupation forces.

Israeli forces have been widely condemned by rights groups for what have been deemed “extrajudicial killings”, in situations where alleged assailants could have been detained in a non-lethal manner.



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Re: UK ‘strongly condemns’ Israel’s new settlement plans

Britain on Thursday “strongly” condemned Israel’s approval of hundreds of new housing units for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank.

“The UK strongly condemns the advancement by the Israeli authorities of plans and tenders for settlement units across the West Bank,” said a statement by Alistair Burt, the Foreign Office minister for the Middle East.

“We call on Israel to reconsider these proposals,” said Burt.

Settlements are illegal under international law and undermine the physical viability of the two-state solution,

he added.

Israeli authorities on Thursday approved the construction of hundreds of new housing units for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, according to Israeli media reports.

“The plans that were approved involve construction of more than 200 homes in Oranit and more than 50 in Petzael in the Jordan Valley,” Israeli daily Haaretz reported.

According to Haaretz, additional housing units were approved in the Ariel and Alfei Menashe settlements, both of which are located in the northern West Bank.

Haaretz added that the Israeli authorities had also approved plans for “hundreds” of additional housing units in the West Bank settlements of Kfar Adumim and Givat Zeev.

Read: Israeli MPs to submit new bill to annex West Bank settlements

Earlier this week, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman vowed to approve the construction of some 2,500 new settlement units across the occupied West Bank.

According to Israeli anti-settlement group Peace Now, the Israeli authorities approved the construction of 6,742 new settlement units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 2017 — the highest number since 2013.

Some half a million Israelis currently live on more than 100 Jewish-only settlements built since Israel occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 1967.



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Re: Palestine minister: US responsible for Israel settlement expansion

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki criticised the US government for “giving the greenlight” to Israel to do “whatever it wants with Palestinian land”, in regards to Israeli announcements of plans to build over 1,000 new illegal settlement units in the occupied West Bank.

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Settlement – Cartoon [Sarwar Ahmed/MiddleEastMonitor]

Israel’s announcement of its plans to build 1,122 new settlement units in the occupied West Bank was “one outcome of US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital”.

Al-Malki added that the Israeli decision was “also a result of the international community’s failure to hold Israel accountable for its acts, particularly with regard to settlement construction.”

Read: EU report documents, criticises ongoing Israel settlement expansion

According to Wafa, he expressed concern that the international community was afraid to take a stand on settlements, which are illegal under international law, because of recent US threats to cut aid to states and organisations who defy pro-Israel American policies.

The minister stressed that the “Palestinian leadership cannot rely on anyone anymore”, though it will “continue to struggle against Israel’s ongoing violations on the political, diplomatic and legal fronts.”



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Re: EU report documents, criticises ongoing Israel settlement expansion

Israel advanced some 8,000 settlement units in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) during the first half of 2017, a new European Union (EU) report has stated.

The total includes almost 5,000 housing units that “were promoted through plans” and almost 3,000 units that “were advanced through tenders”.

These developments, the EU document states, will ultimately enable “more than 30,000 Israeli settlers to move to the Occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem”.

The EU report notes that “continued settlement expansion, illegal under international law as reaffirmed by UN Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016), goes directly against long-standing EU policy and the recommendations of the Quartet Report (2016)”.

Israel pursued settlement expansion “through a variety of methods”, the report says, including the approval of a new settlement, “construction of housing units and public structures, the retroactive legalisation of existing outposts and the declaration of Palestinian territory as Israeli ‘state land’”.

Read: Israeli plan to set up new settlement city in West Bank

According to the EU document, the total Israeli settler population in the oPt stands at more than 600,000, spread across some 142 locations in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

A “key development” during the six-month reporting period was “the establishment of a new settlement, Amihai, in the West Bank in proximity to the existing settlement of Shilo, and in proximity of numerous outposts”.

#LandGrab

“In reality,” the report states, “it is the first official settlement that is established by a government decision since 1992,” noting that “another worrying development was the retroactive legalisation of the illegal outpost of Kerem Reim near Ramallah.”

Summing up, the EU document notes that “settlement related infrastructure projects like bypass roads, archaeological and touristic projects all contribute to continued settlement expansion and the strengthening of Israel’s presence and control of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.”



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City Seeking $31 Million Settlement With Wrongfully Convicted ‘Englewood Four’


CHICAGO — Aldermen were scheduled to vote next week on a $31 million settlement with the “Englewood Four,” who spent years in prison for rape and murder before DNA evidence pointed to a different suspect.

Six years ago, a Cook County judge threw out the convictions of Terrill Swift, Vincent Thames, Michael Saunders, and Harold Richardson in the 1994 rape and murder of 30-year-old Nina Glover. Prosecutors formally dropped charges against them two months later.

All four were teenagers when they were convicted, but claimed police coerced them into false confessions.

The agenda for Monday’s meeting of the City Council Finance Committee shows the committee will review a $30,990,000 payout to settle federal lawsuits filed by each of the four men.

The four were cleared after new DNA evidence linked the crime to Johnny “Maniac” Douglas, a convicted killer and sex offender who had been convicted in a similar case in 1997, and was present when Glover’s naked body was found in a dumpster on Nov. 7, 1994. Douglas was shot and killed in 2008.

Swift and Thames had served 15 years in prison and were released two years before they were cleared. Saunders and Richardson spent 17 years behind bars before they went free.

All four later filed federal lawsuits against the city, alleging police brought in each teen over the course of a few days after Glover was killed and used “deceit, intimidation, threats … prolonged isolation … and outright physical coercion” to elicit a confession from each young man.

According to the suits, the coercion included pounding on one teen’s chest using a phone book and a flashlight; promising to release the young men if they confessed to the crime; denying requests to contact family members or consult an attorney; and threatening to take one teen behind the police station and shoot him if he did not confess.

“What did I lose? My youth. … We were abducted,” Swift said in 2012 when the four men filed their lawsuits. “Money can’t fill that void, an apology can’t fill that void. I mean, nothing can fill it.”

Swift spent 17 years behind bars before he was cleared. He had a message for police.

“We are not filing complaints just for monetary gain. We want you to make a change in how you interrogate us, speaking in reference to how we were as a youth, how you guys took advantage of us. That’s what we want. We want an apology as well,” Swift said.

The four men’s attorneys said DNA evidence excluded them as suspects in 1996, but it wasn’t until 2011 that DNA confirmed Douglas was responsible for Glover’s murder.

“[Police] knew that they were letting some violent criminal a complete pass. And he went out and did it again, and again, and again,” Attorney Stuart Chanen said.

Chanen said Douglas was at the scene, and questioned by police when Glover’s body was found in 1994, but never charged in that case.

Douglas was shot and killed in 2008, but before his death, he had been charged with killing two other women after Glover’s death; he was convicted in one case and acquitted of the other.

The woman who shot and killed Douglas in 2008 said she was acting in self-defense, and she was acquitted of murder.

Source: http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/12/08/englewood-four-settlement-31-million/

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WATCH: $200K Settlement Reached in Severely Diabetic 20-Year-Old Inmate Death


A notice of a $200,000 settlement was filed Tuesday in federal court in the case of a severely diabetic 20-year-old who died in the Bi-State Justice Building jail last year.

Morgan Angerbauer died of diabetic ketoacidosis in the early hours of July 1, 2016, after being found unresponsive in a medical observation cell and forced to ingest pure sugar.

Angerbauer’s blood-sugar level at autopsy was 813, well beyond a normal level of 70 to 140, according to court records.

Little Rock lawyer Matt Campbell filed a civil suit on Sept. 9, 2016, on behalf of Angerbauer’s estate in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas against LaSalle Corrections, the company that manages the jail. Also named as defendants are LaSalle owners and administrators, as well as jail staff members, including former licensed vocational nurse Brittany Johnson.

Johnson is accused of refusing to treat Angerbauer the evening before her death and of acting to cause the avoidable fatality in the civil suit and in a criminal case pending against Johnson in Miller County Circuit Court, where she is charged with felony manslaughter. Johnson’s nursing license has been suspended, and her criminal case is set for jury selection next week.

Campbell and lawyers representing the LaSalle defendants in the civil suit filed a joint motion Tuesday that includes a notice of a $200,000 settlement. The motion asks that proceedings in the case be stayed for 30 days and states that it “may be necessary for the terms of settlement to be presented” to Circuit Judge Carlton Jones, who is presiding over the estate in probate court in Miller County.

Angerbauer’s mother, Jennifer Houser of Texarkana, who initially contracted with Campbell to represent her, said Tuesday that she was completely unaware of any settlement proposal in the civil suit, that she was not consulted about it and that she is in disagreement with it.

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‘Lucky’ Larry Silverstein Set to Receive Another $95 Million in New 9/11 Settlement

New York, NY – Notorious New York City businessman, and World Trade Center developer Larry Silverstein, scored another post 9/11 windfall this week, after Silverstein properties reached a $95 million dollar settlement in a civil litigation suit against American Airlines and United Continental Holdings.

The settlement, filed Tuesday with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, comes after 13 years of ‘hard fought’ litigation. In an email to Reuters, Silverstein properties’ spokesman Bud Perrone said,

“We are pleased to have finally reached a resolution to this piece of post-9/11 litigation,”

Silverstein, who signed a 99 year lease on the World Trade Center just 2 months prior to the attack, has received Over 4.5 Billion dollars stemming from post 9/11 lawsuits. In May of 2007, CBS Moneywatch reported:

“The state and seven insurers have reached a settlement that secures more than $4.5 billion in funding to rebuild ground zero.

About $2.55 billion has already been paid out by two dozen insurers since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that destroyed the twin towers. The remaining insurers agreed to pay $2 billion and drop several court battles over how much they owe in insurance to replace the trade center.”

Despite reports of financial trouble, Silverstein opened the rebuilt World Trade Center One in 2014 after reaching out to the New York Port Authority for financial assistance.

While there are hundreds of ‘conspiracy theories’ surrounding Larry Silverstein and the 9/11 attacks, there are certain inconsistencies in the ‘official story’ that remain unanswered over a decade after that tragic day.

Here are six hard-hitting facts that the mainstream media and the political powers have relentlessly attempted to keep hidden from the public.

Fact 1:

Coming in at number 1 is perhaps one of the most perplexing of all the facts. Amazingly enough, some folks still believe that only two towers fell that day. The fact that Tower 7, a 47-story building, collapsed, was but a small blip in the media. Since 9/11, World Trade Center Tower 7 is rarely, if at all mentioned in the mainstream media.

Insanely enough, when tower 7 is mentioned to some people, they think that it’s a conspiracy theory that it fell. 

However, Tower 7, which was not hit by a plane, in fact, collapsed into its own footprint at free fall speed. 

The National Institute of Standards and Technology, (the government agency assigned to investigate the building collapse in the video above) attributes the collapse to the failure of a single column, in a complex scenario involving thermal expansion of beams supporting the column, caused by office furniture burning; a theory that is largely disputed by many experts.

FACT 2:

BBC, CNN, FOX, and MSNBC reported the collapse of WTC 7 — well before it happened.

Fact 3:

The 911 commission was railroaded. Not only were the commissioners given extremely limited funds to conduct their investigation, but they were also met with dead ends in almost every direction.

For starters, only $15 million was given to investigate 9/11. Compare that to the over $60 million that was spent investigating Clinton’s affairs with Monica and the travesty becomes greater. This was the largest act of murder in recent US history, and more money was spent investigating a philandering president!

Also, Senator Max Cleland, who resigned from the 9/11 Commission after calling it a “national scandal,” stated in a 2003 PBS interview,

“I’m saying that’s deliberate. I am saying that the delay in relating this information to the American public out of a hearing… series of hearings, that several members of Congress knew eight or ten months ago, including Bob Graham and others, that was deliberately slow walked… the 9/11 Commission was deliberately slow walked, because the Administration’s policy was, and its priority was, we’re gonna take Saddam Hussein out.”

In 2006, the Washington Post reported that several members of the 9/11 Commission suspected deception on part of the Pentagon. As reported,

“Some staff members and commissioners of the Sept. 11 panel concluded that the Pentagon’s initial story of how it reacted to the 2001 terrorist attacks may have been part of a deliberate effort to mislead the commission and the public rather than a reflection of the fog of events on that day, according to sources involved in the debate.”

Fact 4:

Staying on the topic of the 9/11 commission, in 2004, President George Bush and VP Dick Cheney told the commission that they would not be formally interviewed in relation to the attacks on September 11.

On April 27, 2004 the White House released a statement saying there would be no recording or formal transcription of the interview. The duo also demanded to be interviewed together, against the wishes of the commissioners.

According to the New York Times, 

Under a pact with the White House that allowed all its 10 members in the interview, the commission is permitted to take a note taker, but not a recording device. The panel said it did not press for a formal transcription of the session, letting the White House decide.

Fact 5:

After the myriad of holes began to form in the official narrative, several dedicated engineers and architects took to their own investigation. Today, there are over 2,300 architects and engineers who’ve signed on to the initiative, all declaring the official story to be false.

Fact 6:

The US government admitted they covered up the fact that the Saudi Arabian government supported the hijackers.

“I had to stop every couple pages and…try to rearrange my understanding of history. It challenges you to rethink everything.” – Congressman Thomas Massie describing his experience reading the 28 pages in March 2014.

“The 28 Pages” – part of an 838-page Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 – have been kept almost entirely classified since 2002.

Former Sen. Bob Graham, a co-chairman of the investigation committee and strong advocate of declassifying the information, said, “The 28 pages primarily relate to who financed 9/11 and they point a very strong finger at Saudi Arabia as being the principal financier.

In July, the 28 pages were finally released, although many parts are still redacted. They show that Graham was right—several figures in the Saudi Arabian government provided assistance to the 9-11 hijackers from within the U.S.

There is information, primarily from FBI sources, that at least two of those individuals were alleged by some to be Saudi intelligence officers,” reads the first of 28 pages. “The Joint Inquiry’s review confirmed that the Intelligence Community also has information, much of which has yet to be independently verified, indicating that individuals associated with the Saudi Government in the United States may have other ties to al-Qa’ida and other terrorist groups.

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[WATCH] Flint Township to Consider $1.39M Settlement of Fatal Police Shooting Lawsuit


FLINT TWP., MI – Flint Township trustees will discuss paying $1.39 million to settle an excessive force lawsuit filed by the family of a man shot and killed by a township officer in 2014.

Dominique Lewis was shot and killed on July 16, 2014, during a traffic stop on Flushing Road near Eldorado Street in Flint Township.

The family of Lewis filed the lawsuit in April 2015 in Detroit U.S. District Court after Lewis’ death. Flint Township Police Department and township police Officer Matthew Needham, who fired the fatal shots, are named as defendants in the case.

There will be a special meeting on Monday, Nov. 20, according to the township’s attorney G. Gus Morris. The meeting will go into closed session to discuss the potential settlement, he said.

The $1.39 million settlement was approved by Lewis’ family, according to federal court documents filed Nov. 15. A hearing to approve the settlement is set for Nov. 30, Morris said.

Morris said Flint Township’s insurance coverage will pay for the attorney costs and a settlement should the trustees approve one.

“The people who insure police officers are very reluctant to try cases that involve the police because of the anti-police sentiment,” Morris said. “We feel still despite the settlement that the video establishes that the officer did not use excessive force in the circumstances that he was faced with.”

Lewis was killed after Needham arrived as a backup officer to assist a Flint Township officer who made a traffic stop on Flushing Road near Eldorado Street.

Dashcam video and police reports obtained by MLive-The Flint Journal through the Freedom of Information Act show a Flint Township officer initiated a traffic stop of a white Chevrolet Impala after the officer claimed the vehicle was clocked traveling 13 miles per hour over the speed limit.

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  • Anti-police sentiment? What a bullshit term.

    More accurately, a pro-liberty sentiment. The growing negative view of law enforcement is a condition of their own doing.

    If the insurance companies recognize there is a problem with how law enforcement has been behaving, then how about they stop insuring them.

  • Too many Americans are completely ignorant to the fact, that police brutality is an regular occurrence here in our country. Police brutality is progressively getting worse, because most turn a blind eye.

  • The officer had no reason to extend the stop, demand ID from the passengers, or search the passengers. Should have written the ticket and went on. They should settle for 10 times that amount and jail the shooter for murder! Ridiculous!

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