Israeli military fired tear gas into Palestinian schools

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22:10 17 September 2021: This article was amended to reflect that the second tear gas attack mentioned below took place at a school in Hebron.

According to a community group in the Jordan Valley, Israeli forces fired tear gas into a Palestinian school. The alleged attack took place on 14 September during school hours.

An unnamed activist is quoted on the Jordan Valley Solidarity website. They said Israeli forces had been training with tanks and other equipment near the village of Tayasir before the attack:

We believe that today is the last day of the training, as the occupation forces brought a low-loader truck and other military equipment to carry away the tanks that were in Tayasir. Whilst right in the middle of the village they threw teargas cannisters into Palestinian homes, into the school and into the streets. By doing this they are ignoring the safety and security of the local population and placing the lives of Israeli soldiers above all others.

‘Illegal occupation’

The activist condemned Israel’s ongoing occupation of Palestinian territory as “illegal” and “inhuman”:

This illegal occupation should not be in Palestine. It should not be in any village. it is illegal under international law to carry out military training inside villages and next to people’s homes. There can never be a reason to throw teargas into a school where children are having their lessons. It is inhuman. It makes me so upset and angry. I can’t imagine how these children will ever be able to erase this from their memories.

A video shows children crying and fearful (some readers may find this footage distressing):

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Another video

UK direct action group Palestine Action also tweeted a video of Palestinian children fleeing a tear gas attack on 14 September. Reports suggest this was a separate attack at a school in Hebron:

Palestine Action implored people to help shut down Elbit Systems, the Israeli arms firm which has offices and factories in the UK.

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    1. Fucking Animals! It is only Israeli Zionist Terrorist Regime and Eternal Victims who can set a war on Children and Deliberately, Meticulously Target Children for that all important “Fully Tested” stamp on all their weapons, Animals is too gentle, Fucking MONSTERS void of all Emotions, except Hate!
      I’ll just leave this Self Pitying, Whining, Victim Crying Piece of Shit Zionist Anthem from the Zionist Bob Dylan here!
      Let’s all lament in Self Pity, for the poor victim Zionists!
      Who are Forced to attack Children!
      Neighborhood Bully
      Bob Dylan
      Well, the neighborhood bully, he’s just one man
      His enemies say he’s on their land
      They got him outnumbered about a million to one
      He got no place to escape to, no place to run
      He’s the neighborhood bully.
      The neighborhood bully he just lives to survive
      He’s criticized and condemned for being alive
      He’s not supposed to fight back, he’s supposed to have thick skin
      He’s supposed to lay down and die when his door is kicked in
      He’s the neighborhood bully.
      The neighborhood bully been driven out of every land
      He’s wandered the earth an exiled man
      Seen his family scattered, his people hounded and torn
      He’s always on trial for just being born
      He’s the neighborhood bully.
      Well, he knocked out a lynch mob, he was criticized
      Old women condemned him, said he should apologize
      Then he destroyed a bomb factory, nobody was glad
      The bombs were meant for him. He was supposed to feel bad
      He’s the neighborhood bully.
      Well, the chances are against it, and the odds are slim
      That he’ll live by the rules that the world makes for him
      ‘Cause there’s a noose at his neck and a gun at his back
      And a license to kill him is given out to every maniac
      He’s the neighborhood bully.
      Well, he got no allies to really speak of
      What he gets he must pay for, he don’t get it out of love
      He buys obsolete weapons and he won’t be denied
      But no one sends flesh and blood to fight by his side
      He’s the neighborhood bully.
      Well, he’s surrounded by pacifists who all want peace
      They pray for it nightly that the bloodshed must cease
      Now, they wouldn’t hurt a fly. To hurt one they would weep
      They lay and they wait for this bully to fall asleep
      He’s the neighborhood bully.
      Every empire that’s enslaved him is gone
      Egypt and Rome, even the great Babylon
      He’s made a garden of paradise in the desert sand
      In bed with nobody, under no one’s command
      He’s the neighborhood bully.
      Now his holiest books have been trampled upon
      No contract that he signed was worth that what it was written on
      He took the crumbs of the world and he turned it into wealth
      Took sickness and disease and he turned it into health
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      What’s anybody indebted to him for?
      Nothing, they say. He just likes to cause war
      Pride and prejudice and superstition indeed
      They wait for this bully like a dog waits for feed
      He’s the neighborhood bully.
      What has he done to wear so many scars?
      Does he change the course of rivers? Does he pollute the moon and stars?
      Neighborhood bully, standing on the hill
      Running out the clock, time standing still
      Neighborhood bully.

      1. As a young teenager-I was 13/14 I had seen 2 BBC screenings both of Bob Dylan and Joan Baez and was immediately overcome by the authenticity of both.I think it was 1964,just after the emergence of the American Civil Rights Movement and I became a total advocate (sometimes drunk) of Dylan.My point is that I saw him screaming against racist fascism in the USA and that resonated with my own sympathy for and involvement in the Civil Rights Movement in Northern Ireland.The only record of Dylan that I physically broke was “Slow Train Coming”- and whilst I never purposely read his lyrics I always thought they were (where relevant) about the USA.Nelly(fair play) has completely shattered my illusions and my love for the Palestinians has devoured my respect for Dylan.As regards GeorgeH-he is just ignorant and a rampant fascist.

        1. Yep! Especially 2015 to 2020 many creatures crawled from under their rocks Musicians, Artists, TV personalities, “Comedians”. It broke my heart to dump all of Monty Python and Black Adder in the Bin. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Tracy Emin, et al at BoJoke’s GE19 Win Party Kind of makes everything they did futile, meaningless and self pitying, portrayed themselves as one with The People and in the meantime it was all about Profit and Tory Politics! With the fast moving instant information people forget very quickly, we need to make Wiki’s of these things and events so that the bastards don’t get away! GeorgeH suffers with 2015 to 2020 syndrome he still thinks he is in one of those Troll Farm Offices and in some way relevant, but I hate Cliched Trolls so I just ignore them!

    2. Thing is, georgeH, is that the Palestinian position is quite different from those nation states. You see, under International Law, the military occupiers of a land must not treat the native inhabitants as the German Nazis behaved in WW2.

      Such Occupied people’s have rights – incl the right to RESIST, up to and including violence. As, almost by definition, the Occupiers are violently denying such people self-determination.

      So you can deflect from Israeli Nazis onto ‘Western Enemies’ Cuba and Venezuala as much as you like (And frankly it is debatable whether those countries are even really as bad as the UK, US, and the other neoliberal warmongering shiteating Hegemons in terms of ‘human rights’), but it doesn’t change the simple facts on the ground.

      And the facts are obvious, and quite striking: Just as Bush & Bliar’s ‘Wars of Terror’ were allegedly suppose to “Reduce terrorism”, and yet was BLOODY OBVIOUSLY ONLY EVER GOING TO INCREASE IT, so too Israel’s action can only increase “Anti-Semitism”.

      It seems they have forgotten what happens to those who ‘Live by the sword’, and who “Make a bed of swords”.

      I guess they think it doesn’t matter as long as AIPAC controls the US Congress, and the various other ‘Friends of Israel’ groups control other Western countries Govts.

      Perhaps they are right. And perhaps they will again learn what JHVH thinks about the “Stiff-necked”. And sadly the many, many Jewish Israelis who have been working tirelessly for peace and equality, get tarred with the same brush.

      FWIW, I also catch shit online over Brexshit, BloJo, British atrocities, and other Bollox the far-right has come up with.

      Firing tear gas into nursery schools. Think about that.

      Because every kid in that school now hates the Israelis with a passion. And as that was THE ONLY GAIN FOR THIS ASSAULT, it’s hard to escape the feeling that that is what was intended.

      Out of interest, isn’t an attack like this, whose sole aim was to spread terror among SCHOOLCHILDREN, actually a textbook definition of…. terrorism?

      I’m sure these attacks will be on the BBC main page, lollollol.

      Well done Canary, for bringing such true news to us.

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