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Monday, 25 May 2015

The Wages of Sin Become Riskier for anti-gay Pastors

Anti-gay pastor in Michigan resigns after–well, you can probably guess

Here's a nice little story about the hypocrites in the US anti-gay religious movement.  A prominent anti-gay pastor outs himself unwittingly.  We've had the same phenomenon in the higher echelons of the Church of England here but in the US, the anti-gay religious movement is louder and more overt, which makes them more susceptible when they are found out.

Tony Greenstein

attribution: screenshot from St. John's and
Secret hypocritical double life? There's an app for that.
Reverend Matthew Makela was recently listed on the St. John's Lutheran Church website as a devoted husband and father of five children. But, he was forced to resign this week after published pics of his Grinder profile: 

EXCLUSIVE: Grindr Screenshots Reveal Anti-gay Pastor Is A Top Who Likes To Cuddle

Until 2 p.m. on Monday, the ‘Our Church Staff’ section of St. John’s Lutheran Church and School’s website described Reverend Matthew Makela as an associate pastor who enjoys, “family, music, home improvement, gardening and landscaping, and sports.”

Screenshots obtained by Queerty from a source who asked that his name be withheld shed light on some of the Reverend’s other favorite past times — namely nude make out sessions and sex with other men.

And the folks at note, the good pastor has publicly backed an anti-gay agenda on many occasions:

It is unrighteous to give into sinful temptations. We are all tempted and it is not a sin to be tempted, but it is a sin to give into to temptation. A sexual attraction to the same sex is a sinful temptation to be resisted and overcome by God’s grace and power, just as a temptation to steal or lie or overeat must be resisted and overcome by replacement with working hard, telling the truth and moderation in appetite. We all face varying degrees of temptation in sometimes varying areas of life and we all are tempted to sin according to 1 Corinthians 10:13.

Jesus reaffirmed one man one woman marriage in Matthew 19:4-6 where he quotes from Genesis 1:27 and 2:24. In Old and New Testaments homosexual practice is clearly condemned (Leviticus 18:22; Romans 1:21-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 1 Timothy 1:9-10). There is no sinful practice God cannot forgive and overcome by his grace through faith in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Guess the temptation was just too much for Pastor Makela. Thanks to Queerty's exposure, the church has taken down their Facebook page to avoid comments from sinners.

Read more about the good Reverend's activities at

Until 2 p.m. on Monday, the ‘Our Church Staff’ section of St. John’s Lutheran Church and School’s website described Reverend Matthew Makela as an associate pastor who enjoys, “family, music, home improvement, gardening and landscaping, and sports.”

Screenshots obtained by Queerty from a source who asked that his name be withheld shed light on some of the Reverend’s other favorite past times — namely nude make out sessions and sex with other men.

Of course, how someone behaves between the sheets is really nobody’s business but his own, except when he’s actively doing damage to others. We’ve seen it time and time again. The lawmaker who spends his days fighting against gay rights and his nights cruising for bottoms, or the ex-gay activist who isn’t quite as ex-gay as he’d like everyone to believe.

Which brings us back to Makela. The married father of five from Midland, Michigan doesn’t just preach Jesus’ love and help with bake sales. He also uses his position of authority and respect in his community to broadcast his self-loathing view on same-sex attraction.
A simple Google search reveals his sentiment.

In November 2014, a fellow Midland man of God, Pastor Dan Dickerson, wrote an op-ed titled A Stand For The Truth which reads in part:

“A sexual attraction to the same sex is a sinful temptation to be resisted and overcome by God’s grace and power, just as a temptation to steal or lie or overeat must be resisted and overcome by replacement with working hard, telling the truth and moderation in appetite.”

Makala can be found in the comments section (UPDATE: his comments were deleted after this story was published) thanking Dickerson and echoing his view:
“Thank you, Pastor Dickerson, for believing the Word of God and loving people enough to reveal God’s will for their lives and also His plan of salvation for all believe in Jesus…I love people who have same sex attraction, and so does God. The proof is in the sacrifice He made for all of us who sin…We don’t tell a person born with tendencies to abuse alcohol to keep on giving in to his innate desires because he can’t help it. We try to help him in his struggle.”

Two months before promulgating the ridiculous (not to mention dangerous) notion that homosexuality is akin to alcoholism, Makela offered this cultural prescription via Facebook:

In an email exchange with Queerty, Makela confirmed the authenticity of the screen captures but declined to comment.

He also told Queerty that he had “resigned” from his position at the church after the story surfaced, and that his wife and senior pastor had been made aware of his extracurricular activities.
Yet while Makela urged his community to seek deeper meaning in their marriage commitments, here’s a taste of what was going on behind the locked screen of his smart phone:
But his community also deserves to know. If Makela made even one LGBT kid at St. John’s “Christ-based” elementary school, their parents, friends, family or anyone who ever stepped foot in the church feel like being true to yourself is shameful (and it seems all too likely that he did), then we’re glad to share his hypocrisy with the world.

Makela on Transgender
Midland, Michigan made headlines in March when a local Planet Fitness came to the defense of a transgender woman utilizing the gym’s female facilities. Here’s how Makela framed the conversation to his followers:

How’s that for Christlike?

Friday, 22 May 2015

Brighton to Palestine with love 2015

Brighton PSC at the Brighton Festival

This year Brighton PSC held a day of events at the Brighthelm Church & Community Centre.  It consisted of an exhibition of children, stalls, films and two performances of Caryl Churchill’s brilliant play Seven Jewish ChildrenSeven Jewish Children is only 10 minutes long and consists of parents and relatives discussing what to tell and what not to tell an unnamed girl relation.  The 7 Jewish children correspond to seven episodes of time starting with the Holocaust and ending with the Gaza war.  It has a refrain ‘don’t tell her… do tell her….’  Running throughout is the fear of the unseen enemy, from the Nazis to the Israeli military.  It operates on a number of different levels, with the Jews being the victim to those who wield the gun.  Fear of the known is the hidden companion.
Unsurprisingly it has been almost universally condemned by right-wing commentators as ‘anti-Semitic’ a ‘blood libel’ by those who spray words like bullets.  This is the second time I’ve seen the play and it as relevant now as when I saw it when it was first written, at the time of the attack on Gaza in 2009.  For those who haven’t seen it, it is on the Guardian website
After Palestinian food was served, in the evening there was a performance of music by Ahmad Al Khatib (oud) who was born in a Palestinian refugee camp in Jordan.  He joined the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music and taught in the Oriental Music Department.  In 2002 his visas was not renewed by the Zionist authorities and he now lives in Sweden.

Borh in 1967, Youssef Hbeisch played on percussion and also 

taught at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music.  Mohamed Najem on clarinet was born in Jerusalem to refugee parents and grew up in Bethlehem.  He was a founder member of the Palestine National Orchestra.  Manfred Leuchter on accordion came to Ramallah in 2014 to play on Najeem’s debut CD.

Brighton PSC hopes to bring, next year, young musicians from the Gaza Music School to perform in Brighton.  Crowdfunding has already been launched to pay for the cost of so doing.  Please visit to donate.

Israel's Child Prisoners

Israel's Version of Equality - It Beats and Tortures Adults and Locks Them Up Without Trial - Why not Children?

This is a shocking story of how Israel treats child prisoners.  The Israeli Medical Association has nothing to say and neither, it would appear, does the World Medical Association.  Supporters of Israel, such as the Zionists Sir Mark Pepys turn a blind eye to these blatant breaches of every convention on the treatment of the civilian population. 

Israeli children of course are given all the benefits that children in any civilised country are entitled to, but that does not apply to Palestinian child prisoners.  Mark Pepys, who has led a campaign against The Lancet, for printing a letter in the middle of Operation Protective Edge, when over 500 Palestinian  children were killed, behaves like one would have expect the SS Doctors like the infamous Dr Mengele.

Tony Greenstein

Tuesday May 19, 2015
The Palestinian Detainee

s Committee has reported, on Tuesday, that several detained Palestinian children testified to their lawyers about repeated torture, abuse, and intimidation, by Israeli interrogators and soldiers.

The Committee said detained children continue to suffer ongoing violations, torture and abuse by Israeli interrogators, in direct violation of International Law. 

Lawyer Heba Masalha, one of the lawyers of the Detainees’ Committee, managed to visit several detained children, on Monday, in the HaSharon Israeli prison.

Masalha stated that Jamal az-Za’tari, 15 years of age, from the at-Tour town in Jerusalem, was repeatedly beaten and kicked starting directly after the soldiers stormed his family’s home, and during interrogation.
She added that the soldiers cuffed the child; repeatedly beat him on various parts of his body, including his head, and denied him access to food, or even water, for extended hours.

The child was kidnapped nearly two months ago, and was moved to the HaSharon prison, where he was stripped of all of his clothes, before the soldiers started beating and insulting him.
The lawyer also met Riyad Abu Ta’a, 17, from Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem. He was kidnapped in Sultan Suleiman Street, in the Old City, nearby four months ago.

After his abduction, soldiers cuffed and blindfolded him, and started kicking and beating him, largely on his back, before he was moved to the HaSharon prion where he was strip-searched and tortured.
Masalha also managed to visit several child detainees in the Majeddo Israeli prison, including Eyad ‘Adawy, 17 years of age, from the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Adawy stated that several soldiers stopped him near Beit Forik roadblock, before attacking and beating him.
He said that one of the soldiers repeatedly cut his hands every time they used knives to remove his plastic handcuffs, during his arrest, and while moving him to interrogation centers.

The soldiers also repeatedly kicked and punched him on different parts of his body, especially his face, during his arrest nearly a month ago.

The Detainees’ Committee said Israel is currently holding captive 200 Palestinian children in ‘Ofer, Majeddo and HaSharon prisons.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Photographic Exhibition of the Jews of Hungary at Birkenau

The last days of the Jews of Carpathian Ruthenia

Jews from Carpathio Ruthenia waiting in Birkenau's Birch Forest before they are gassed.  They will have had nothing to drink for the 2-3 days of the journey

The selection by SS doctors, notably SS Dr Mengele at Birkenau
These Jews, from Carpathian Ruthenia, which Hungary seized in the dismemberment of Czechoslovakia in 1939, were deported from May 15th 1944 onwards.  Despite being fully aware of the extermination of the Hungarian Jews, the last major Jewish community in Europe, the Zionist leadership in Palestine, chose not to publicise what was happening or the Auschwitz Protocols which gave specific details of Auschwitz and the extermination of European Jewry.

The deportations were halted on July 7th because of pressure from the neutral European states, Switzerland and Sweden and the threat of retribution, following the heavy bombing of Budapest on  July 2nd, from Roosevelt.  Although criticisms have often been made about the role of the Catholic Church, sometimes justified, and its refusal to speak out, its role in preventing the deportations of the final quarter of a million of Hungary’s Jews was infinitely superior to that of the Zionist leaders and the Jewish Agency who did absolutely nothing.  Pope Pius XII repeatedly sent telegrams and placed pressure, both directly and via the Papal Nuncio in Hungary, Angelo Rotta, on Hungarian ruler Admiral Horthy to put an end to the deportations.
Jewish children going to the gas chamber (Carbon Monoxide at Chelmno  - the first death camp)
When the Swiss press publicised the Hungarian holocaust and the BBC followed up, the mood changed in the Nazi imposed Hungary government against the deportations, which were never to resume. 
Jews have just got off the cattle wagons at the back
It places into context the utterances of a Jewish pogromist in Israel – ‘ ‘Hitler was right, only he got the wrong nation.  The Jews are the chosen race.’

Photos offer unique glimpse at arrival of Subcarpathian Rus residents at Auschwitz in 1944

A new exhibition will features copies of all of the almost 200 photographs from the Auschwitz Album, a unique document from 1944. Although most of the people in the photographs are citizens of pre-war Czechoslovakia from Carpathian Ruthenia, this album has not previously been shown in the Czech Republic.
On the ramp at Birkenau - a new rail spur had been recently built for the Hungarian Jews
The Auschwitz Album
May 19–Sept 20; Tue–Sun 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Thu 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Where: House of Photography
Revoluční 1006/5, Prague 1

The exhibition also describes how the album was created, how it was found by the Auschwitz survivor Lili Jacob and what happened to it after the war. A major role in its post-war fate was played by the Czech capital city and the Jewish Museum in Prague, where in 1947 copies were made of the photographs in the album.  The original album was donated to Yad Vashem in 1980, according to exhibit curator Martin Jelínek.
Thousands of shoes from Hungarian Jews
The exhibition also presents previously unpublished findings about the album and about Lily Jacob. Above all, it draws attention to the fact that although the album is usually talked about in connection with the transports of Hungarian Jews, the photographs actually depict citizens of pre-war Czechoslovakia.

Lili Jacob, who found the album in the Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp after the liberation, was a Czechoslovak citizen, spoke Czech fluently and lived in what was then Czechoslovakia for three years after the war.
The money that she received in 1947 from the then State Jewish Museum – for allowing it to make copies of images from the album – enabled her to move with her husband and first-born daughter to the United States in 1948, where they began a new life.

The Auschwitz Album also played an important role as supporting evidence in war crime trials in Germany and Israel.

The exhibition is being held to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
Jews in Budapests Jewish Ghetoo
The Auschwitz Album the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp in the spring of 1944. Apart from an album that shows the camp being built in 1942–43 and three photographs that were taken secretly by inmates, there is no other authentic pictorial document that captures life in Auschwitz.

Historians consider the Auschwitz Album to be one of the most important testimonies on the fate of the millions who were murdered. Without the Auschwitz Album we would have to rely solely on the reminiscences and accounts of survivors, Jelínek stated.
The Auschwitz Album documents the arrival, selection and processing of the so-called “Hungarian Transports” that came to Auschwitz-Birkenau at the end of May or the start of June 1944. According to some sources, the photographs were taken on a single day; according to others, over a period of several weeks. Many of the trains came from Berehove, Mukachevo and Uzhhorod in Carpathian Ruthenia, a former part of Czechoslovakia that was ceded to Hungary in November 1938, just as the Sudetenland had been ceded to Germany under the Munich Agreement.

The rest of Carpathian Ruthenia was annexed by Hungary on 18 March 1939, three days after the occupation of Bohemia and Moravia by the German army. As is evident from the recorded testimonies of survivors, many of the deportees in the photographs spoke Yiddish at home. Nonetheless, they considered themselves to be Czechoslovak.
Unlike the previous deportation trains, the Hungarian transports arriving at Auschwitz went directly into the Birkenau camp – on a newly built track that was completed in May 1944. The railway track was extended in order to speed up the selection process, so that the prisoners could be quickly divided into those capable of work and those to be exterminated immediately, and to make the sorting of their belongings more effective. Most of those deemed fit to work were soon taken to forced labor camps in the German Reich, so that they could be used by the German military industry, which was at risk of air raids. The others – mostly the elderly and women with children – were immediately sent to the gas chambers upon arrival.
Carpathio Ruthernian Jews Waiting for Selections - men on bottom left in stripes are members of the Sonderkommando who pulled the bodies out of the gas chambers and put them in the crematoria
More than a million European Jews perished at Auschwitz-Birkenau, including at least 75,000 from Carpathian Ruthenia. More than a quarter of a million Jews from the former Czechoslovakia were murdered by the Nazis.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Zionist Pogrom in Jerusalem

Israeli Police Tell Palestinians to Shut Their Shops as they Protect Settler Violence and Racism

Every year Jerusalem day is the pretext for an orgy of hate and violence from settler mobs, aided and abetted by the Israeli Police and Border Guards.  This year a legal attempt was made to secure an injunction by the Supreme Court rejected that, despite the video evidence from last year.  The Deputy Chief Justice confronted with the evidence simply expressed pious wishes that the Police would exercise zero tolerance towards those who chanted ‘Death to the Arabs’ and similar slogans. 
I’ve included a number of reports and videos from a variety of sources to show the flavour of the day.  

There was a contingent from Lehava, dedicated to preventing pure Jewish women being ensnared by wily, predator Arab men.  An image that is derived directly from the Nuremburg Laws 1935.  There have, of course, been no condemnations by ‘mainstream’ Israeli politicians such as Netanyahu.
As that great Orthodox scholar and Professor at the Hebrew University, Yeshayahu Leibowitz said, religious-nationalism is the direct opposite of religion.  He first coined the term ‘Judeo Nazis’ to describe the little pogromists that are evident in the videos.  Israel and Zionism have taken the Bible and fashioned it into a nationalist creed and used  the bits they agree with (never the Prophets!) to legitimise their racist and fascist sentiments.

Whereas previously, under Labour Zionism and Begin, there was an attempt to keep the racism hidden from view, today it is on display for all to see.  In some ways we should be grateful for the fact that there is no pretence anymore but Palestinians are paying a  high price for this.

Tony Greenstein

Video: Israeli mobs celebrate “Jerusalem Day” with anti-Palestinian rampage in Old City

Submitted by Ali Abunimah on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 11:48

Lehava' s gang, "Jerusalem day", 17.5.2015

Note: To see 
Thousands of young Israelis, many of them children, rampaged through the Old City of occupied Jerusalem on Sunday chanting “Death to the Arabs” and other racist and anti-Muslim slogans.
Some attacked bystanders and journalists and banged on the shutters of Palestinian stores that had been ordered to close at midday.

The mob march was the climax of “Jerusalem Day,” an Israeli national holiday to celebrate the occupation of the eastern part of the city in 1967. Zionist militias ethnically cleansed and captured the western sector of Jerusalem in 1948.

Under international law, Israel’s purported annexation of Jerusalem following the 1967 conquest is null and void and is not recognized by any country in the world.

Racist chants

Sunday’s violent scenes began as occupation forces allowed large numbers of religious and nationalist Israeli Jews to flow into into the area of the Damascus Gate in the late afternoon.
This is an entrance to the walled Old City that was long a bustling market for Palestinians from surrounding villages until Israel made access to the city virtually impossible for millions of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.

Israelis, many chanting racist slogans, rally at the Damascus Gate before marching into Jerusalem’s Old City, 17 May.(Charlotte Silver)

Groups of young men and boys banded together in circles, chanting and dancing.

The atmosphere quickly shifted to that of an angry mob, which first turned on two women who held the Palestinian flag and then, with increasing frequency, toward random Palestinian bystanders and journalists, according to The Electronic Intifada’s Charlotte Silver, who reported from the scene.

Haaretz published a video of a mob attacking a Jordanian television crew and The Times of Israel captured video of young Israelis harassing a female journalist and preventing her from speaking to her cameraperson.

Many sang Bible verses set to popular music, often embellished or altered to justify Israeli rule over Palestinians. Among the numerous racist slogans was “A Jew is a soul, an Arab is a son of a whore.”
The frenzied, sustained and widespread nature of the racist vitriol is documented in a large amount of footage obtained by The Electronic Intifada, only a small part of which is included in this post. This video, shot by the Jerusalem resident known as Zalameh, provides a good sense of the mixture of Jewish extremism and outright racism on display:

Israeli mob chants anti-Palestinian slogans in occupied Jerusalem

The video also shows two women holding a Palestinian flag being verbally abused.
But Israeli Border Police on horseback, armed with sound bombs and guns, kept most Palestinians out of the Damascus Gate area. Police monitored the crowd, attempting to intervene when a pack of marchers would attack someone, Silver said.

“May they all die”

In this video, several youths who spoke to Silver make virulently racist comments. One says that they had come to celebrate the “liberation of Jerusalem from the Palestinians,” others chiming in with “may their memory be erased.”

"Jerusalem Day" at Damascus Gate (occupied East Jerusalem), 17 May 2015

“May they all die today, all together,” another interjects. A child asserts repeatedly that Jerusalem was “liberated” from “the donkeys.”

Similar expressions could be heard throughout the day from the chanting mobs.

Israel expert Dena Shunra notes that the curse calling for someone’s name or memory to be erased was typically used for enemies as despised as Adolf Hitler; its use by Jewish youths against Palestinians is an indicator of extreme levels of hatred.

While deeply disturbing, children cannot be held responsible for spouting such views. But the large number of children participating in the hate march underscores the systematic indoctrination and anti-Palestinian incitement to which Israeli youth are exposed.

Jewish women as Jewish “goods”

The marchers then entered the Old City, charging down the narrow streets which are usually full of Palestinian business owners and shoppers.

Members of the anti-miscengenation group Lehava, some again appearing to be very young, also took part in the march, shouting “Arab beware – my sister is not abandoned goods” (see video at the top of this post).

They also chanted, “Girls of Israel, for the Nation of Israel [Jews].”

These are warnings to Palestinian men to stay away from Jewish women who are described, in effect, as property exclusively available to Jewish men.

Religious hatred

The same marchers can also be heard singing “Kahane still lives” to the tune of a popular religious-nationalist song, “Our Father Still Lives” – which refers to Abraham.

Meir Kahane, the assassinated Brooklyn rabbi who founded the the Jewish Defense League, is thus elevated almost to the level of a biblical patriarch.

Kahane also founded Kach – an organization so racist and extreme that even in Israel it was outlawed and classified as a terrorist group.

He is most remembered for his demand that the entire Palestinian population be expelled from lands occupied by Israel.

Voices can also be heard chanting that the Muslim prophet Muhammad was a “homo” and a “son of a whore,” among other slogans calculated to provoke and denigrate.

The expressions of virulent, even genocidal, hatred for Palestinians are reminiscent of the “Death to the Arabs” marches in the city which culminated in the abduction and burning alive of Palestinian teen Muhammad Abu Khudair last July.

Demolish Jerusalem’s mosques

A leaflet distributed at a “Jerusalem Day” march calls on the Israeli government to “bring down” the al-Aqsa mosque so it can be replaced with a Jewish temple.(Charlotte Silver)

Jewish extremist organizations handed out leaflets demanding that the Israeli government demolish Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock to make way for a Jewish Third Temple in their place.

The destruction of the al-Aqsa mosque, one of the holiest places for Muslims, is a long-standing goal of some Israeli Jewish organizations backed and financed by the Israeli government.

The leaflet in the picture, collected at the Sunday march, states:

In honor of Jerusalem Day, we all demand of the Israeli government: to bring down the mosques on the Temple Mount so that we can build the Temple and renew the offering of sacrifices.

It is signed by an organization called “Returning to the [Temple] Mount.”

The atmosphere of intense hatred and religious-nationalist chauvinism was no doubt encouraged by a declaration from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that “Jerusalem was always the capital of the Jewish people alone – and not of any other nation.”

The march culminated in a mass rally at the Western Wall, attended by education minister Naftali Bennett, leader of the Jewish Home (Habayit Hayehudi) party among other government figures.
With thanks to Dena Shunra for translation and analysis.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the Jerusalem Day celebration at the Mercaz Harav yeshiva in Jerusalem, on May 17, 2015. (Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed Jerusalem has always been the capital “of the Jewish people alone, not of any other people” at a Jerusalem Day ceremony on Ammunition Hill, in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem on May 17.

“Jerusalem won’t become once again a wounded and bisected city,” he continued. “We will forever keep Jerusalem united under Israeli sovereignty.”

Netanyahu pledged to “continue to build and nurture [Jerusalem], to expand her neighborhoods.”
The prime minister has long insisted that Israel must control East Jerusalem. In the same celebration in 2010, he maintained that “We cannot divide or freeze a city as vibrant and creative as Jerusalem – we will continue to build and be built by it” and averred “We are the generation which was lucky enough to see our holy sites liberated and returned to our hands, and it is upon us to transfer this right to our children.”

Jerusalem Day, celebrated every year on the 28th day of Iyar, the second month in the Jewish calendar, commemorates what Israel calls the “reunification” of  Jerusalem.

Extremist Israelis mark the day every year by marching through the Old City of occupied Jerusalem chanting racist and anti-Muslim slogans like “Death to the Arabs.”

Journalist Charlotte Silver, reporting from the 2015 commemoration for The Electronic Intifada, interviewed Israelis who proclaimed “May they all [the Palestinians] die today, all together.” A young Israeli applauded Israel for liberating Jerusalem from “the donkeys.” Another expressed hope that the memory of the Palestinians who were ethnically cleansed from Jerusalem will be “erased.”
Israeli leftists protest a Jerusalem Day march on 17 May 2015. (Photo: AFP/Gali Tibbon)
Several hundred Israeli leftists protested the march, chanting slogans such as “Jerusalem will not be silent, outlaw racism.” The activists, largely from the left-wing organization Jerusalem Won’t Tolerate Racism, dubbed the demonstration a “march of hate,” and held signs reading “Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies” (red sign in Hebrew above) and “We are against incitement. We are against racism” (purple sign in Arabic above).

Decades of Illegal Occupation
Israel militarily occupied East Jerusalem in 1967. For decades, the United Nations has insisted that this occupation is illegal. “Israel’s unilateral annexation of East Jerusalem and the surrounding West Bank hinterland contravenes international law. It is not recognized by the international community which considers East Jerusalem an integral part of the occupied Palestinian territory,” the UN maintains, citing Security Council resolutions 252, 267, 471, 476, and 478.

“Since 1967, Israeli measures have altered the status of East Jerusalem and affected the residency status of Palestinians, their access to basic services, and their ability to plan and develop their communities,” the UN continues.

“Israeli settlement activity in East Jerusalem is illegal and occurs at the expense of land and resources for Palestinian construction and development, placing residents at risk of forced eviction, displacement and dispossession,” the UN also notes. “As the occupying power, Israel is responsible for administering the occupied territory for the benefit of the protected Palestinian population.”

Attacked Journalists

Palestinian photojournalist Nidal Ashtiyeh was shot in the face by Israeli occupation forces on 17 May 2015. (Photo: Ahmad Talat Hassan)
Israeli police assaulted and broke the cameras of Palestinian journalists who were filming the Jerusalem Day protests. The reporters say they had the proper accreditation to film the march, but were attacked anyway.

A journalist reported that Israeli police evacuated the area and refused to allow anyone except Israeli settlers in.

Just a few days before, on 15 May, Israeli occupation forces shot a Palestinian journalist in the face with a rubber-coated steel bullet. The man had been photographing a Nakba Day protest. He was wearing a gas mask, the glass of which the bullet shattered, wounding his left eye.

RT crew attacked by Israeli police in Jerusalem (VIDEO)

Published time: May 17, 2015 18:11
Edited time: May 19, 2015 06:30

 a terrible time we had to pass through check points that they erected everywhere along the Old City, they asked us to move away from the Damascus gate point. They didn't do it gently, they pushed us and broke our camera,” RT Arabic reporter Dalia Nammari later told RT International.An RT Arabic TV crew was attacked by Israeli police while covering the Jerusalem Day march in the Old City. Although the journalists had all documents permitting them to cover the event, the police prevented them from going live.

The reporter added that other journalists covering the event were treated the same “brutal” way by the Israeli police.
Dalia Nammari and the cameraman Muhammad Aishu were filming the march of settlers, which they had been accredited to, when the police interfered with their work and took away the camera. The crew continued to report from the scene using a smart phone and going on air live via Skype, when the police attacked them again.
Screenshot from RT video
Screenshot from RT video

They took away my earpiece ... they are demanding from everyone – even journalists, to evacuate the area. Even Palestinians who live in the city can’t be present here because of the settlers’ march,” Nammari said.
The Israeli settlers took to the streets of Jerusalem to mark the day when Israel occupied the eastern side of Jerusalem in 1967, Nammari reported. Many were carrying posters reading “Jerusalem for Israelis.”

The controversial Israeli march through Jerusalem and its Muslim quarters is an annual event, marking the anniversary of Israel's capture of East Jerusalem. Police estimated that more than 30,000 Israelis took part in this year's rally, Reuters reported. They marched through the areas of the city, the overall population of which includes more than 30 percent of Palestinians.
The march resulted in confrontations, with mounted Israeli police clashing with dozens of rock-throwing Palestinians, who were protesting the Jewish nationalists march, Reuters reported. Two officers were injured and six Palestinians were arrested, police sources said.
The RT Arabic crew managed to film some of the clashes before being assaulted themselves by Israeli police.

Brutal attacks by Israeli law enforcement are “rare to be filmed, but not rare to happen,” Sarit Michaelli of the Israeli info center for human rights has previously told RT.
On Saturday, a Palestinian journalist suffered at the hands of the Israeli army, being shot in the eye with a rubber bullet. The photojournalist was taking pictures during a march to commemorate Nakba, or Catastrophe Day, when Palestinians were displaced in the creation of Israel.

This is a usual behavior for the Israeli army against journalists and against peaceful non-violent Palestinian demonstrators,” Mustafa Barghouti, General Secretary of the Palestine National Initiative told RT.
During the last attack on Gaza less than a year ago the Israeli army killed 18 journalists including an Italian journalist in their attack on the Palestinian people. So this violation of the freedom of expression and violation of the right of journalists to cover what happens is a frequent behavior of the Israeli army which respects nobody,” Barghouti told RT, adding that this time the clashes happened during celebrations of annexation of East Jerusalem, which is “considered illegal by every international law.”
Last year, Israeli forces raided a building in Ramallah where the offices of several media outlets, including RT's Arabic channel, were located. The troops broke down the doors of the offices, destroyed some of the equipment and confiscated records.