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Israeli Leadership Encourages Repressive Measures against Palestinians

Israeli Leadership Encourages Repressive Measures against Palestinians

Monday, 24 February, 2020 - 09:15
This picture taken with a mobile phone on February 23, 2020 shows men trying to collect a body as a bulldozer approaches them, along the Gaza-Israel border, east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. (Photo by Muthana AL-NAJAAR / AFP)

Israeli peace and human rights activists have warned against a sharp increase in the number of Palestinians exposed to Israeli oppression. This includes Palestinians killed or injured by Israeli fire.

Israeli brutality has reached a new height with a video shared on social media showing an Israeli army bulldozer approaching Palestinians, who were attempting to retrieve the body of Muhammad Ali al-Naim, in Khan Younis, south of the Gaza Strip, and then lifting and carrying it away while it hangs from its blade.

Also taking note of the escalation of settler attacks in the West Bank, it becomes evident that Israeli military leaders have adopted the same stances of the far-right whose rhetoric is intensifying as elections approach.

Activists pointed out that the presence of a right-wing prime minister like Benjamin Netanyahu and a Defense Minister like Naftali Bennett reinforces extremism against Palestinians.

Bennett had supported the Israeli army’s dealing with al-Naim’s body with a bulldozer.

“That is what is needed and that is how we will act,” he tweeted.

“I am tired of the left’s hypocritical criticisms against the ‘inhumane’ use of a bulldozer to recover the body,” he added.

Bennett was responding to criticism by left-wing activist Yariv Oppenheimer on Twitter, who argued that the Israeli army taking the body with a bulldozer was not only “shameful and shocking” but also will not provide “healing” for the families of Israelis believed to be held in Gaza.

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