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Aussie TV dares to show the real occupation

Four Corners | February 10, 2014

Jonathon Cook writes:

I never thought I would see it. A mainstream TV programme, this one made by Australian channel ABC, that shows the occupation in all its inhuman horror.

The 45-minute investigative film concerns the Israeli army’s mistreatment of Palestinian children. Along the way, it provides absolutely devastating evidence that the children’s abuse is not some unfortunate byproduct of the occupation but the cornerstone of Israel’s system of control and its related need to destroy the fabric of Palestinian society.

Omar Barghouti has spoken of Israelis’ view of Palestinians as only “relatively human”. Here that profound racism is on full show.

There are, of course, concessions to “balance” – in the hope of minimising the backlash from Israel – but they do nothing to dilute the power of the message.

This is brave film-making of the highest order.

It is an indication of quite how exceptional this film is that it has cornered Australia’s foreign minister, Julie Bishop, into expressing her “deep concern“. That’s the same Bishop who last month doubted that the settlements in the West Bank were illegal.

If the video above is removed, you can also watch the film here:

February 11, 2014 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Illegal Occupation, Subjugation - Torture, Timeless or most popular, Video | , , ,


  1. Perhaps the Aussie TV also should show the inhumanity of the asylum policy of the Australian government……. putting refugees and asylum seekers in prison camps,treating them as criminals, depriving them of food, legal assistance etc. etc.!

    Comment by masteradrian | February 12, 2014 | Reply

  2. No, no, no! This is so very wrong. It is not even right to treat adults like this but to do it to children should be unacceptable for anyone with a single strand of humanity in their being. I would call these people who do this ‘savages’ were it not an insult to less westernised people who attract that term for far less reason. The plight of the Palestinian people touches me to the depths of my soul that used to only be touched to the same extent for the plight of the Jews as presented through images of a holocaust.

    I agree with the man in the video who found it incredible that those whose people have endured suffering can inflict this on others, who were not even a party to that event. Such behaviour dishonours the memory of those earlier victims. Shame on the Israelis who dishonour their own in this way! And shame on the rest of the world for failing to stop them from doing it!

    Comment by am | June 5, 2015 | Reply

  3. One other thought. Unless that awful woman in the video can confirm her claim of this ‘promise by God’ by producing said God in a courtroom, I don’t think we can accept her claim as proof that she has more right to the land than the Palestinians do since their claim, while not divine, is, at least verifiable, while hers is not.

    Comment by am | June 5, 2015 | Reply

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